Hilarious relationship traits for 2021 – together with Tok-blocking and Barnard Castling

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While online dating was once seen as a last resort, it’s now a common way that many people meet their other half.

Now, dating app Plenty of Fish has revealed 11 hilarious new dating terms for 2021, including Tok-blocking and Barnard Castling.

Shannon Smith, Relationship and dating expert for Plenty of Fish said: “This year has brought about some major shake-ups in how people date, and with that shift comes new trends that singles are experiencing – many of them brand new.”

Plenty of Fish came up with the terms based on a survey of over 3,000 members.

Here’s a look at the dating trends to expect in 2021, as we prepare to wave goodbye to 2020.

Connell-vision – Named after Normal People’s heartthrob, Connell, Connell-vision is fancying someone based on their fashion sense.



Named after Normal People’s heartthrob, Connell, Connell-vision is fancying someone based on their fashion sense

Apocalypsihng – Treating every relationship like it’s your last

Twice Baked – When someone’s chat is twice baked and you have the same repetitive boring COVID convos (from sourdough to banana bread)

Baby Zoomers – The new ‘generation’ of babies conceived during lockdown



Barnard-castling – Getting caught out by your partner for using outlandish excuses

Barnard-castling – Getting caught out by your partner for using outlandish excuses

Sanitising – Erasing every photo of an ex from social media after a break-up

Hey&Pray – When someone reaches out to you on dating apps and only uses the simple “hey” “hey watsup” “hey you” “hey…”

Wally-ing – When someone only posts group photos on their dating profile, making it difficult for others to determine who they are and what they look like



Tok-blocking – Watching TikTok so much that it interferes with your dating life

Proofing – Giving a relationship time to breathe and not rushing into it

Folklore-ing – Being so focused on a fairytale romance that expectations don’t  match reality

Tok-blocking – Watching TikTok so much that it interferes with your dating life

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