Have you spotted the person of your dreams but don’t know how to approach him/her? We have all been there, but worry no more. Disha Seth guides you through the tricky world of pick up lines
While on your way to the train station you check and recheck your documents for the meeting that may decide your future in the company. So while reciting your speech for the 6th time in your head, suddenly this girl catches your eye, she’s standing with this weird polka dot umbrella, her long hair flying in the wind. You are intrigued so you lean in closer since she’s talking to her friend. She sees you looking at her, and before you can frame a sentence, she gives you the death stare and walks off in a huff.
In such situations, you may find yourself wishing you had something witty and romantic to say so that she would beg you to go out with her. Well no such luck, but there is something that might just help you make a lasting first impression. That, my dear reader, is the power of a pickup line.
Much common a concept in metropolitans, every girl has heard a one liner and every guy has used the standard pick up lines. Some guys categorise themselves as helpless under the circumstances since they see this as an asset and are intent on conveying the best they have to offer, which is sometimes inadequate, but most of the time simply inappropriate. Then the other category of male species believes that they are way above the effort of conveying such petty and cheesy ideas to the opposite sex. It’s just the effort of a smile and a simple ‘How you doin?’, Joe style, to leave an impression. Generally, its presumed only men stoop to the level of using one liners, but it’s the 21st century where pick-up lines are the new way to go and are frequently utilized by women as well. Of course, the quality of the pick-up line varies, as is the case in most incidents. A woman does not simply drop a line; she conveys her simple hints by way of expression, smiles and plays with her hair, not anymore. The sight of a female whistler is not uncommon.
However, society still manages to have a hold over us in some little form. One liners have repercussions because of which you will often find yourself amused by the women whistler rather than appalled by her. If you doubt this particular theory, then let me give you an example to stimulate your imagination. You are casually walking around your favourite bookstore, trying to pick the perfect Sunday read when a woman says, “Excuse me, could you point me toward the self-help section? I need some advice on how to approach a guy like you in a bookstore without seeming creepy.” And the reaction to it is absolutely dumbstruck. You end up turning around to make sure it’s not a prank or worse, a conversation with someone else, only to realize it’s your lucky day, that was definitely meant for you!
Well, cheesy lines can get you a long way, so let’s ponder over some of the classics to give you an estimated response you may receive. The positive and the negative!
“Who needs liquor? Something tells me, I could just get drunk on your love.”
This pick-up line definitely gives you an insight into alcoholism versus love. If you seriously believe this will get you any luck, I assure you, you need to amend your ways and probably get a better perspective. I don’t see any women or men falling over themselves just to be compared to vodka!
Then again, there are the positive and naïve who may well believe this to be one of those awkwardly honest pick-up lines. Well, either they are too drunk to comprehend or just an admirer waiting for you to approach.
“I’d offer to help you carry those bags, but I threw my back out saving an orphan from a runaway paddleboat. Little tyke didn’t even see it coming. Thank god I was there.”
Umm, self praise much! This one will get you cracking. Little tyke might be a better option than this guy.
The saviour of this one is definitely the funny side of this pick up-line. If she smiles or laughs, you might have a shot because for all you know, she’s thinking in her head, “Aww, how adorable, it’s his first time, he’s trying a pickup line.” Very Johnny Bravo indeed!
‘If you were a martini you’d be straight up… sexy.’
Do you really believe you can get away with that? This one comes with the fear of being slapped or abused. Stir clear.
There is absolutely no positive side to this one. It’s a nono altogether. Don’t use unless you want her father to chase you down your backyard with a gun in his hand.
“Can I have your picture so I can show Santa what I want for Christmas?’”
Buzzing in the holiday spirit, are we now? After this little dialogue, all you are getting for Christmas is a shoe print across your face!
Then again, maybe she appreciates your effort and actually does like the idea of being wrapped and kept under a Christmas tree. Well good luck, you now have a date for Christmas and New Year! Way to beat the holiday blues.
“I didn’t believe in angels until I saw you.”
And that is probably the last time you are going to see her! Unless the girl belongs from the century where girls believed their prince charming would come riding on horseback, this is NOT going to work.
Maybe an avid reader of 1900-English fiction might be interested in you since it’s probably one of the lines English gentlemen from The Ton used. Now you can happily read along and describe to her how exactly you came across that line. Considering you didn’t know what‘the ton’ means, it’s going to be a difficult feat.
“I am crazy after you baby”
Not much of a pick-up line, maybe a direct assault. Inspired by Rockstar, the Bollywood flick. Well if Nargis Fakri didn’t fall for it when Ranbir Kapoor was saying it, do you think you will have much luck? I don’t think so.
If you bump into a Bollywood freak, this line will work wonders and you may receive responses such as ‘Tujhme Rab Dikhta hai’ that will match your pick-up line. Cheesy meets cheesy and lives happily ever after.
These among many others are usually the pick-up lines every person often resorts to. Well pick up lines aren’t always supposed to be cheesy, they can be humorous, sarcastic or plain cute. Starting from the basic, “I think I know you from somewhere, oh yes you were in my dreams last night” to “I like what you are wearing, it would look even better on my bedroom floor” all are tried and tested and usually don’t cut it.
Instead, originality could you score you more points and is a welcome breath of fresh air from the much used and abused pick-up lines. So use your personality to your advantage and find a suitable line to impress a potential girl (or guy!) of your dreams.
Lame Pick up Lines
- If beauty were time, you’d be eternity.
- Sorry, but you owe me a drink. [Why?] Because when I looked at you, I dropped mine.
- Be unique and different, say yes.
- You shouldn’t wear makeup. It’s messing with perfection!
- Excuse me, I think you have something in your eye. Oh wait, it’s just a sparkle
- I’m not trying to impress you or anything, but… I’m Batman!
- Well, here I am. What were your other two wishes?
- You are a 9 – you’d be a perfect 10 if you were with me.
- Hi, I just wanted to give you the satisfaction of turning me down; go ahead say no.