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Love Island: What is ‘the ick’?

Love it, hate it – or really love to hate it – reality TV show Love Island has become a pop culture sensation over the past number of years, with viewers across Ireland and the U.K tuning in six nights a week every summer to watch a group of twenty-somethings scramble to find their one true love … and a £50,000 cash prize.

This year, the contestants have set Twitter abuzz almost every night of the week with fans of the show discussing everything from Jake’s declaration of love for Liberty, Faye’s compatibility with Teddy, Tyler’s intentions towards Kaz, and cheese.

Yep, that one caught us off guard to.

Its origins are uncertain and there’s almost no way to know what will set it off. One thing is for certain though: ‘The Ick’ is a death sentence to relationships. Once you’ve got it, there’s no going back

According to Urban Dictionary, your feelings of distaste will only deepen with time:

“From then on you can’t look at the person in the same way, you just progressively get more and more turned off by them, weirdly and maybe for no reason in particular grossed out by them.”

“You’ll cringeeeeee at the thought of you and them together. Nothing will be the same, you won’t be able to do it any longer and eventually have to cut it off.”

According to the online dictionary, the term entered public consciousness in 2017 on (fittingly) Love Island when contestant Olivia Attwood discussed her attraction – or lack thereof – for Sam Gowland .

“At the end of the day, like, when you are seeing a boy and you get the ick, like, it doesn’t go,” she told cameras at the time. “And it’s one of those things, once you’ve caught it, it’s like, you know, it like takes over your body. And it’s like… it’s just ick.”

Good luck out there, daters.

By Sinann Fetherston
Multi-Media Journalist
Updated / Tuesday, 17 Aug 2021 18:53