Interesting topic and many thanks for sharing the various comments.
My 1st reaction is the concept of "dump".
I think there's a very strong negative impression attached to it - the act of breaking up or point of no return.
"Dump" maybe a blessing in disguise. Only God knows as we probably realizes it later on.
It's can be a positive or negative perception and the appropriateness of how we "break-up" reflects the personality in us.
Whatever mode of delivery it's going to be disappointment and hurt involved to one or both parties.
Basic courtesy rules here by acknowledging the fact that the progress is not well and there's indifferences for both.
Be sensitive on how you would deliver your "break-up" message if you are the initiator.
Be positive that the dating/relationship ends by whatever means if you are the receiver and be thankful that it didn't
dragged on. That's my 2cents worth.
The short or long time spent in communicating between both parties deserve some respect.
Let's try to live as civilized people and adopt good courtesy - don't disrespect yourself by doing awful acts to others.
On the other hand people make mistakes all the time and so be forgiving too.
Cliff, first, let me say, Welcome to CM! We are delighted to have you here! And, I'm open to using another verb. I'd gladly eliminate "dump." Any suggestions?