'Melt', 'Bev' and going full on 'Factor 50', every bit of 'Love Island' lingo you need to know

'Hands up who's getting the fanny flutters?' [Photo: ITV]
'Hands up who's getting the fanny flutters?' [Photo: ITV]

‘Love Island’ 2019 is officially over. While we can now all go back to living our own lives, rather than living vicariously through the Islanders, there’s one bit of the show that’s set to stick around for a little longer than Anton’s bum hair.

We’re talking about the lingo of course.

Yep the lexicon of ‘Love Island’ is quite the thing, but for many of us mere mortals it’s not always that easy to decipher.

So, if you didn’t watch or have been watching wondering what the hell they’ve all been going on about for the past two months, here’s our guide to this year’s ‘Love Island’ lingo.

Because factor 50 has nothing to do with suncream and a melt isn’t a type of grilled sandwich. Just saying.


Lucie Donlan, the 21-year-old surfer chick from Newquay explained in episode one that the term bev is used to describe an attractive man.

“A bev is a hot guy, if he’s your boyfriend he’s your bev, but if he’s not your boyfriend he’s a bev,” she explained.

We ‘think’ we get it Lucie.


We’ve all acted like a melt at some point, we just didn’t realise that’s what it was called. Basically it means acting soft/pathetically over a girl, or boy, but in an over the top rather than sweet way.

As in: "You're acting like a total melt."

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'Maybe if you hadn't been such a melt you wouldn't have got pied!' [Photo: ITV]
'Maybe if you hadn't been such a melt you wouldn't have got pied!' [Photo: ITV]


Early in the series Curtis Pritchard whipped the nation into a Googling frenzy after revealing his favourite sex position in the bedroom was something known as ‘The eagle.’

"The eagle, that's my favourite romantic position, we shall say," he explained.

For those still in the dark, here’s a full explanation alongside some other Love Island-esque sex positions to try out.

It is what it is

Though this certainly isn’t unique to the Love Island lot, the phrase will totally be associated with this years Islander alum having seemingly said it non-stop since day one.

Meaning 'there's nothing you can do about it', Islander Sherif first used the phrase when none of the girls stepped forward for him in the opening show and since then it has peppered the entire series.

So much so that a new drinking game was created whereby a person would drink a shot every time one of the Islanders says ‘it is what it is.’ Love Island were quick to issue a warning on Twitter, saying they “wouldn’t recommend it.”


In the villa, someone is a ‘snake’ if they try and crack on (explanation to come) with a coupled up Islander.

This year contestant Joanna called Michael a snake when he didn’t leave the villa with her.


At the beginning of the series Anton was no stranger to ‘being pied’ or effectively being ditched or dumped.

Factor 50

If someone is going ‘full on factor 50’ it doesn’t mean they’re being careful in the sun, but in fact coming on a bit too strong to the person they like.

Factor 50 was jokingly used in season four of the show to highlight that certain contestants should probably play things a little cooler.


Not exclusive to series 4, the term ‘grafting’ has been a ‘Love Island’ staple for the past few years and is used to refer to someone who is trying hard to impress the person they’re interested in.


Whenever a new contestant entered the villa, people talked about the ‘connection’ they had. It basically means you fancy someone, but is meant to appear more meaningful.

They say: “We definitely had a connection.”

They mean: “I want to get it on in the hideaway.”

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'He's totally getting chived' [Photo: ITV]
'He's totally getting chived' [Photo: ITV]

My head's been turned

You fancied someone, then someone else came in the villa who you fancied more so your ‘head’s been turned.’ Geddit?

Where's your/my head at?

I kinda like him, but I’m not sure if someone better is going to come in who I’m going to like more therefore I’m not really sure where my head is at. In other words you’re hedging your bets.

Contestants this year used this term a lot when they were trying to figure out how they felt about someone.

Crack on

Again this one has been part of the ‘Love Island’ vocab since day dot and refers to trying to kick-start a romantic relationship.

For eg “It’s not working out with [blank] so I’m going to crack on with [blank] instead.”


"I am seriously chived with all these love triangles," Lucie Donlan referring to her feeling annoyed and frustrated that she had to choose between two guys. Oh the difficulty.

Fellow contestants Molly-Mae and Tommy used the term in a different way after declaring his fondness for the word, Tommy decided the couple would use it as a ‘secret’ word. If someone is ‘chivey’ or ‘getting chived’ it means they’re a bit grumpy.

Dead ting

People usually use this phrase to describe something as boring, dull or ugly, however after using it to describe her love rival Joanna, Amber insisted it "doesn't necessarily mean I was commenting on your looks".

Fanny flutters

The phrase of ‘Love Island’ 2019 made famous by Maura who tended to use the expression when she was feeling a little, er, horny.


While you won’t have heard any of the Islanders using the term this season, host Caroline Flack believes ‘breadcrumbing’ is set to be the next big catchphrase to take Love Island by storm.

In an interview on This Morning Caroline described breadcrumbing as: “when you leave little pieces of bread for someone. When you lead someone on.”