Pick-up lines – argh, now there’s a tricky one. On the one hand, when dating has become such an app-based activity, I love the idea of someone having the confidence to go up to someone they fancy on the street or in a bar and give them the old, proverbial one-liner.
Regardless of what that actual pick-up line is, just the confidence to do it gets top marks in my books. However, there are, of course, certain things you’d really be best off by avoiding saying to a person – regardless of whether you are a shining beacon of confidence or not.
You want to pull with a pick-up line? Here’s what to remember and what to avoid, if you want to go home with more than a dirty look.
Humour – man we love it. Seriously, it doesn’t matter what you look like, what you do or where you came from – if you can make a girl laugh you’re on the right track. And, when it comes to pick-up lines, the good news is, you can, with the right timing and a bit of confidence, make them so bad that they’re good –
‘Do you know what my shirt is made of? Boyfriend material.’
‘I seem to have lost my phone number, can I have yours?’
Yes, you’ve heard these pick-up lines before, yes, they’re terrible, but admit it … they had you smiling.
Then there’s the blunt and direct approach – which can work because, again, it shows confidence, but can leave you at risk of a flat out no –
‘Can I have your number?’
Hmmm, you might get lucky, but seriously where is the imagination and build up? This kind of pick-up line doesn’t say a lot about you and could be misinterpreted as trying your luck – however, there are other straight to the point questions that are likely to have a more immediate effect –
‘Can I buy you a drink?’
Now you’re talking.
Have you seen the price of a G&T in the West End these days? Offering a girl a drink means that you’re sincere about wanting to get to know her, accepting one means you should be polite enough to spend the duration of that drink talking to the buyer – everyone’s a winner.
Just don’t try and combine the two – I’ll buy you a drink if you give me your number, we’re not that desperate for a Bombay Sapphire.
What is likely to be even less effective than the simple number ask is a pick-up line that is over sexual – mainly because they imply that you only want one thing – even a ‘funny’ innuendo can leave you looking a little bit creepy –
‘Do you live on a chicken farm? Because you sure know how to raise a c**k.’
‘Are your legs made of Nutella? Because I’d love to spread them!’
‘I may not go down in history, but I’ll go down on you.’
Unlike cheap sex gags, a good old-fashioned compliment can work as a pick-up line. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but telling a girl she has gorgeous eyes, a great sense of humour or an amazing ability to remember all the characters from Game of Thrones, is unlikely to get you a slap round the face.
Sometimes being direct is all it takes to strike up a conversation and, if she really does have great eyes, or an amazing catalogue of Sci-fi characters, she’ll know you’re serious, enough at least to be specific with your compliments.
Essentially the most important thing to remember is that pick-up lines are more about delivery than content – all they really are, are a way of triggering a conversation and expressing interest in a person. The fact that you’ve made the move to approach a person, sees you leagues ahead of anyone who’s too scared to make the move or worried about rejection.
So, unless you’re planning to talk about the size of your erection (no really, don’t do that) then chat away, be bold and give those pick-up lines an airing – the results might just surprise you.