Crushes and Squishes

I’ve recently been reading a book about asexuality and through it I’ve been introduced to a fairly interesting concept – the “squish.” And what is it? Well, I think it’s best to explain by comparing it against another concept that you’ll (almost certainly) already be familiar with – that of the “crush.”

So, when you have a crush on somebody, you really want to develop a sexual or romantic relationship with them. If you have a squish on somebody, meanwhile, it means that you are very interested having them be a part of your life, but as a best friend.

I’m sure we all know the feeling. When you meet someone new and they seem very cool or charismatic, it’s normal to hope that you’ll be able to become friends and do more with them. It’s nice that someone has come up with a word to describe sensation. There are so many concepts that don’t have specific words assigned to them and I always like to see the language expanded.

It may have come out of the asexual community, but I’m pretty sure that it’s something pretty much anyone can understand. So I just wanted to share that in the hopes of maybe expanding your vocabularies… Although one small downside of the word for me is that it reminds me of the sound of stepping on food, but,  c’est la vie.

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