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Vocab Lessons: Rounding the Bases Backwards

You're supposed to progress into romance a certain way, right? We've known this since middle school: you start with kissing, then "above the belt," followed by "below the belt," until finally you get the coveted homerun (SEX).

Except, as you probably noticed once you got to college, it doesn't always work like that. Sometimes, you start with a drunken homerun (or even a lucky streak!), and then wake up one morning and realize that, hey, the person you've been having sex with isn't actually so bad. You might even like them.

Apparently, there's a term for this.

Rounding the Bases Backwards: when you start with sex as a first base, and then work your way to actual intimacy (like dating, just kissing, and seeing each other sober).

I'm sure you know couples who started hooking up, and then eventually just progressed to dating. For lots of people, rounding the bases backwards is de rigueur. Sometimes it's just easier to have sex with someone than it is to hold hands.

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