Buzzwords and Dating Trends of 2021

I was surprised and a bit disappointed to discover that I was unfamiliar with the latest dating lexicon. In a recent interview on Cityline, celebrity matchmaker Carmelia Ray shared the following buzzwords and dating trends of 2021:


Going on a dinner date with someone purely for the free food. (a.k.a. sneak eating)


Hovering on the edges of a dying relationship waiting to swoop in and claim him/her as yours.


Act of going full tilt into a relationship, getting super into it, and then quickly realizing that it’s not for you.


Dating like a CEO: not messing around with partners who aren’t serving you. Many singles are busy professionals who don’t have time to waste. Hardballers ask direct questions and set strong boundaries.

When asked if there is a right way to hardball, Carmelia suggests that singles date with intention. They can ask the important questions, but it shouldn’t feel like interviewing. Questions should be peppered into the organic conversation. Watch your tone!

Slow Dating

Spending more time getting to know a potential partner and working to create a deep connection before taking things to the next level.

This is how many people have been dating since the pandemic. They are more cautious and spending more time in meaningful conversation. Dating apps are seeing an increase in messaging, video dating, and longer time spent talking to each other.

New Dawn Daters

These are the people who broke up with their long-term partners during the pandemic. They are eager to start over and excited about what’s next for them.


Looking for compatibility based on your zodiac sign.

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About Joanne Guidoccio

In 2008, Joanne retired from a 31-year teaching career and launched a second act that tapped into her creative side. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.
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8 Responses to Buzzwords and Dating Trends of 2021

  1. viola62 says:

    Wow! This makes me really glad I met my husband and that he’s the only one for me! I don’t want to be out there ever again.

  2. So glad I never have to put myself out there again!

  3. noelleg44 says:

    I can’t see myself doing any of this – thank heavens I’m too old!

  4. sueberger3 says:

    That was fun! Thank you.

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