Beige Flag (Dating Term)

What Does "Beige Flag" Mean?

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The term "beige flag" means "Traits or Behaviors That Are neither Particularly Good nor Bad." It is a relatively new addition to dating terminology, which has gained popularity on platforms like TikTok. It refers to traits or behaviors in a person that are neither particularly good nor bad but might cause a moment of pause when noticed. These traits could suggest that someone is somewhat boring or lacks distinctiveness. The concept derives from the familiar "red flags" and "green flags" in relationships, with beige flags being much less severe or alarming than red flags, and less positively connoted than green flags. #BeigeFlags highlight characteristics that are neutral, odd, or simply quirky, which may not necessarily be deal-breakers in a relationship, but are noteworthy enough to be mentioned​​​​​​.

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When I write Beige Flag, I mean this:

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Summary of Key Points

"Traits or Behaviors That Are neither Particularly Good nor Bad" is the most common definition for Beige Flag on TikTok, as well as on online dating sites, such as Craigslist, Tinder, Zoosk, and
Beige Flag
Definition:Traits or Behaviors That Are neither Particularly Good nor Bad
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

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An Academic Look at Beige Flag

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"Beige flag" can be considered a "neologism." A neologism is a newly coined word or phrase that has recently come into use or has been created to describe a new concept, idea, or phenomenon. Neologisms can be created in any language and can take different forms, such as:

  • A new meaning for an existing word (e.g., mood, sick).
  • A completely new word (e.g., fomo, emoji).
  • A new combination of existing words, or words with prefixes or suffixes (e.g., cloutrage, digital detox).
Neologisms are often the result of changes in technology, culture, or social norms, and they can be found in fields such as science, technology, politics, and popular culture. Some neologisms become widely used and enter mainstream vocabulary, while others remain obscure or limited to specific communities or contexts.

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