Love Island 2022 glossary: All the terms you need to know

Love Island 2022 glossary: All the terms you need to know
First Love Island contestant announced

When you think of summer you might think of holidays.

You might think of ice cream, beer gardens, sitting in the park and banishing seasonal affective disorder and replenishing vitamin D levels.

Fair enough, but when we think of summer, we think of one thing only - Love Island.

Yes, it is time to ignore rising temperatures and pub gardens to stay inside, transfixed to screens to watch as people ‘do bits’ ‘crack on’ and inform disinterested women on sun loungers that they are their ‘type on paper’.

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But if you are a newbie to the island, some of the above may make little to no sense.

This is because some people speak the language of love and others speak the language of Love Island and if you want to watch the show, you need to get clued up on the latter as a matter of urgency. So, gather around the fire pit and allow us to help you out.

Beauty salon

Every year, the islanders seem to have a word to describe their bedroom antics.

As Paige and Jacques got closer after sharing their first kiss, fellow contestants were desperate to know if anything went down.

Ekin-Su asked: “What was going on, did you have a manicure or something?”

Meanwhile, Indiyah chimed in: “Was that the beauty salon?”

Paige responded: “No absolutely not, no beauty salon treatments last night girls. Come on, keeping it classy."

Of course, the girls weren't speaking about actual beauty treatments.

This isn't the first time 'beauty salon' has been used in a questionable way, after Tasha said she had a 'manicure' following a night in the hideaway with Andrew.

To do bits

Love Island is a show about dating and to be successful on the island, islanders must date. But that doesn’t mean the contestants are crude.

Indeed, when they engage in any sexual activity they refer to it with all the candour of a politician resigning due to an affair...

To do bits, basically, means to hook up. In 2018, former islander Wes Nelson famously made a Do Bits Society (DBS) with other male contestants in which they reminisced about their night-time escapades over orange juice in the morning.

Over the years, its definition has expanded and now “doing bits” also means a couple is doing well.


Then in 2021, Faye Winter introduced a new set of euphemisms based on National Vocational Qualifications. They were like the base system leading to NVQ3 meaning sex.

“It is what it is”

“It is what it is” is basically English for c’est la vie.

On countless occasions, islanders are brutally rejected or ditched for new arrivals with one more ab, with neither tact nor diplomacy. Those spurned could cry, they could get angry, they could pine. They don’t, and with a rueful smile they simply shrug and say: “It is what it is”.

“It is what it is” is the siren call of stoicism. It is a symbol of consent. It is, as they say, what it is.

Laying it on thick. See also: Factor 50

Those who go on Love Island rarely approach flirting with subtlety. There is no time to waste exchanging glances or liking each other’s Instagrams until someone cracks. There is no long game in Love Island, no ‘talking stage’.

After all, it is a competition with winners and losers. And so, the islanders “lay it on thick” meaning they show their hand completely to the party of their interest and flirt in a smothering way in the hope that they fancy them back.

In Love Island, this usually involves a man taking a woman to one side and listing all the physical characteristics he finds appealing about her. “Obviously you are a beautiful girl, you’ve got great teeth, your hair is nice and your body isn’t too bad either,” someone might say to a person they’ve met 20 minutes ago over a glass of warm prosecco served in a plastic cup.

Hannibal Lecter vibes, yes. Effective? Unfortunately so.

If they really want to amp things up, factor 50 thick denotes turning up the dial. If someone is laying it on factor 50, they might go in for a kiss. Lucky islanders.

To crack on/ To graft/ To stick it on

More romantic terms, meaning “to flirt”.

To shoot your shot

Similar, but with a chance that it might backfire. Most islanders are pretty confident that when they “crack on”, their advances will be reciprocated. But, if you shoot your shot, there is an awareness that it might be a bit of a shot in the dark.

To be mugged off

To be insulted. Behaviour can also be “muggy”.

My type on paper

“You are my type on paper” is meant to be a compliment in the Love Island world. For some reason, telling someone that they are desirable purely theoretically has taken hold and the phrase is batted back and forth throughout the series as an emotional currency. Why? Why!

To pie off

To reject unceremoniously.


Your personality or sex appeal. “Trust in your sauce”, the islanders say to their friends to amp them up before they shoot their shot with someone.

My head’s been turned/ Where’s your head at?

Islanders are constantly trying to locate the whereabouts of their heads. Not an episode goes by in which someone asks someone where their head is, or someone else is shocked to discover that their head has been turned.

What does this mean? Well, when someone says their head has been turned it means that they are no longer interested in the person they have been dating as they have been usurped by someone else.

And asking someone where their head is doesn’t happen in the changing room when someone is stuck in their tight Boohoo Man polo, but it is said to enquire after someone's emotional state.

Psychologists across the land, take note.

A Chat

You might reasonably think a chat means a conversation. Wrong. If someone wants A Chat you can almost hear the film crew run to the scene. No one wants a chat about the weather or to discuss something mundane. When someone says “Can I pull you for a chat?” you know drama is around the corner.

A sort/ a bit of me

The object of one’s affections. Someone attractive. Someone who might be your type on paper who you would wish to pull for A Chat.

Love Island returns to our screens on Monday 6 June on ITV2. We can’t wait to crack on.

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