Forget Big Brother, Love Island is where it is at this summer, and while it has been growing in popularity since it first returned to our screens in 2015, it seems to have reached new heights this time around.

It also appears to have invented its very own Love Island language, either that or us lot over here just aren't in the know of English slang. Or there's also a good chance we're just old now and not up to date with what the kids say these days. (Youths!)

Whichever it is, if you, like us, have found yourself watching and wondering just what the hell that bunch of really, really, ridiculously good looking people are talking about at times, here's your official phrase book to help you master the language of love (island).


1. Mugging Off

Our personal favourite. We generally understand it as behaving a bit shit to someone you are seeing, but the exact definition according to the interweb is: "you are being made a fool of by someone taking advantage of you".

Used in a sentence: "Are you mugging me off?!"

Variations: Muggy - (Note: It is not to do with humid weather in this context.) To do something that would look like you're mugging someone off.

Used in a sentence: "That was a muggy thing to do."


2. Pie in the face

A new one to the Love Island villa this series, but we're big fans. To get pie in one's face is to be rejected by someone, as if they are throwing a proverbial pie in your face.

Used in a sentence: "I got pie in my face."

Variations: "I can still taste the pie in my face." - I can still feel the hurt of the rejection.

3. Crack on

Yes, we know this phrase means to get on with something, but in the Love Island villa, it is usually used when speaking about one's wish to pursue a courtship with a fellow contestant.

Used in a sentence: "I'm just going to crack on with 'insert beautiful person's name here.'


4. Reaching

Not exactly a new phrase to the English language but we do like how they incorporate it into their dating matches on Love Island. If you are 'reaching', it means the one you are with is of a superior standard of attractiveness to you. However given that every person who walks into this villa is of a level of beauty we have rarely seen in a real life, we genuinely can't tell who is reaching or not.

Aren't they all just rides?!

Used in a sentence: "Am I reaching?"

(FYI Olivia, you are NOT reaching.)

5. Put it on him/her

Get your mind out of the gutter, this isn't necessarily as sexual as it sounds. To 'put it on him/her' is to really try it on with someone by flirting or spending a lot time with them.

Used in a sentence: "I plan on really putting it on her."


6. Melt

If you are behaving like a 'melt', it means you usually have it pretty bad for someone.

Used in a sentence: "I feel like a proper melt."

Variations: Melty

7. Grafting

This, we know, just means to work hard, but in the Love Island villa, you are only grafting for one thing, and that is the affection of the one your heart desires. It seems to particularly involve bringing them breakfast for some reason...

Used in a sentence: "I am doing all the grafting here."


So there you have it, see if you can get away with pulling one of these gems out at the pub over the weekend, but, eh, don't blame us if you end up with pie on your face.