While it may be hard to imagine a nice way to end a relationship, ghosting can be particularly hurtful and confusing. Ghosting is generally used to talk about any situation where a person departs abruptly, and without warning. With that said, it is closely associated with dating.
In circumstances where people have been in a relationship for an extended period of time, ghosting is not ideal. While it generally has a bad reputation, there are circumstances when ghosting can be recommended.
The definition of ghosting as a method of ending a relationship entered the Merriam-Webster dictionary in 2017. Of course, the term was being used informally before then. This usage seems to have started in the mid-2000s, and gained popularity over time.
The idea to turn the word ghost into a verb can be traced back to well before this century - Shakespeare used it as a verb in his play, Antony and Cleopatra!
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