The Term Formerly Known As “Pick-Up Line”

polar bear

Hey Baby, You must be tired because you've been running through my mind all day or Baby, My balls should be frozen to this polar icecap, but they're not because you keep me sizzlin'.

I think I’ve said this before, but I love pick-up lines. There’s an art to using them effectively in that you have to convey sincerity about wanting to talk to your objet d’amour – but at the same time you want to be using the line ironically because if you’re dead serious when you say the one about how you didn’t know angels could fly so low, you’re gonna look silly. Maybe creepy. You want it to be like, you know it’s a cheesy up line, but you want to make her/him laugh because you want to talk to him/her. Right?

I think we should change “pick up line” to conversation starter. It simply gets you in there. No one will remember what you said to get the conversation going. Or maybe it will be the great story you tell to all your grandkids.

Are you following me? Anyone?

I heard a new one today – probably the least cheesy sounding one I’ve ever heard and it’s good for men and women:

You: Do you know how much a polar bear weighs?

Her/Him: No, how much?

You: Enough to break the ice. Hi, I’m [insert name here]

[Ba dum chhhhhh]

I’m using it. Watch me.


4 responses to “The Term Formerly Known As “Pick-Up Line”

  1. Totally agree with this post. And actually what I’ve been wondering about lately is if there are any ways single women can increase their chances of being approached with a “conversation starter,” aside from smiling and making eye contact, which can be pretty nerve-racking for the shy among us! I used to have a t-shirt that had stuff written in Portuguese on the front, and my friends would joke that it was a great shirt to wear if I wanted to meet guys because guys were always asking me what it meant, where I was from, if I knew Portuguese. Definitely helped break the ice. Now I’m a bit older and wondering what’s the grown woman’s equivalent to a hipster t-shirt?

  2. The Single Scientist

    Cath – Props! Yes. Always have a prop (tee shirt, dog, anything interesting that could be commented on) that way a man or woman has something to talk to you about – an easy way to strike up conversation rather than just going in cold with “Hey, I like you.” Though I will say a good conversation starter is indeed simply saying “Hi.” Why wait to be approached? (I know, easier said than done. But I think you should give it a try. Make a little experiment of it and practice in situations where you don’t care about the outcome. And let me know what happens!)

  3. Here’s one.

    I’m trying to think of which celebrity you look like.

  4. A great smile and “Hi” works amazingly well. Remember men are simple and they fall in love with you because of the way YOU make them feel about Themselves. (Written by a successful man)

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