If you've been hit hard with the kind of cheesy pick up lines you thought only existed in bad TV films, you're not alone. Most of us will encounter a few frogs before we find our prince or princess in the course of online dating, but we have to ask: have you heard anything as good, or bad, as these?
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It’s all in the delivery
If you have been enjoying sending flirtatious messages to a potential date then these lines might work, but anyone using these pick up lines at a first meeting or opening message is probably just trying their luck.
“If I said you had a good body would you hold it against me?”
Not only is this inappropriate and off-putting, it’s also one of the most overused pickup lines in the history of dating. If someone tries this on you, they’re in need of some better material. Maybe you’ll warm to them. Then again, maybe not.
“What do you like for breakfast?”
Depending on how interested you are and how much correspondence you’ve exchanged with this online dating Romeo, this cheeky one might make you laugh. It could also be quite flattering if you really like each other. But in an opening email? They’re getting a bit ahead of themselves there.
“You might as well kiss me because I’m going to tell everyone you did anyway.”
Your reaction to this will probably depend on how well the date’s going, as well as its delivery. You'll have to use your judgement on this one!
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Cheesy but fun
Pick up lines are designed to break the ice and raise a smile, so don’t take them too seriously. It can be nice to feel flattered, but their main purpose is to gauge each other's sense of humour and see whether there is a spark.
Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk past again?
Are you a magician? Because you just cast a spell on me.
You’re so sweet you must be made out of chocolate.
Did you hurt yourself when you fell from Heaven?
Are you a cat? Because you look purrrfect!
Excuse me, don't I recognise you from the cover of Vogue?
Are you tired? Because you’ve been running through my mind all day.
The real red flags…
Some of these might seem unbelievable but they can crop up, perhaps sometimes intended as a joke. It is worth being cautious and not entering into any conversations that make you feel uncomfortable.
“The nurse is quite sure that the antibiotics worked this time.”
This is never a good thing to hear, not least from a relative stranger. If someone implies they are, or have recently been ill in an opening email, they are probably into over-sharing in general, or they have a very bad sense of humour! Best to avoid.
“Have you ever considered marrying someone for a visa?”
Unfortunately there are people using online dating sites with more than just meeting a match on their mind. Best to explain that you’re not interested and move on from this one ASAP.
“My wife and I are considering inviting someone else into the bedroom...”
This one happens more than you might think. If spicing up someone else’s sex life is what you’re looking for, just be careful who you arrange to meet and where.
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