It’s that time of the year again: the fall season has officially started and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. For those who are single, sometimes the holidays can feel a little lonely, and many students may flock to bars in hopes of meeting someone new. Still, some do not have the best discretion when it comes to conversation-starters and while the pick-up lines that people come up with are certainly amusing, and sometimes even flattering, there are many that can rub people the wrong way. In anticipation of the holiday season, CM asked a few students what they believed to be the best and the worst fall pick-up lines:
“If your left leg is Thanksgiving and your right leg is Christmas, can I visit you in between the holidays?”
A guy’s choice of clichéd phrasing can tell a lot about his intentions and how much he is interested in the girl. Dropping a line like this definitely makes one’s goal for the night obvious, and it can be a complete turn-off for girls. “If a pick-up line is vulgar and inappropriate, then I don’t find it funny, and it just makes it obvious what the guy’s intentions are,” said Jennifer Rollins, a senior at St. Mary’s College. “He is obviously just trying to get in my pants.”
“If you don’t like turkey, I’ve got another kind of meat you’d want.”
Everyone knows what this line implies, and girls who fall for this oh-so-charming line should expect to be at the guy’s beer-laden frat house and headed straight for his bed by the end of the night. If girls are interested, they should go for it, but only if they are looking for a meaningless, random hook-up.
“It’s a good thing I wore my gloves today; otherwise, you’d be too hot to handle.”
Yeah...no. If someone whips this one out, either he or she is joking (in which case, not funny) or he or she is being serious (in which case, nice try). A pick-up line like this might make someone laugh, but it certainly won’t make anyone swoon.
“If kisses were snowflakes, I’d send you a blizzard.”
This one is slightly corny, but if people decide to woo someone with this line, it seems that it might actually work. “If someone said this to me, it would make my day!” said Kristen Montgomery, a sophomore at Stanford University.
“Can I have your picture so I can show Santa exactly what I want for Christmas?”
When people hear a pick-up line, many might think it is insincere and something that is used on everybody. But if someone drops a cute line like this, it has the potential to make someone’s heart melt. It’s cute without being too cheesy, and will make girls say, “Awww.”
“Can I borrow your umbrella? Because you’re making me wet.”
This one may be raunchy and graphic, but it can catch the attention of a guy if it’s delivered with a sense of humor: “If a girl came up to me at a bar and said that I would laugh and be like, ‘Okay let’s go,’” said David Hipperson, a senior at UC Davis. “I would think it was funny and the whole conversation would just start from there. I would see it as flattering.”
With a pick-up line, however horrendous or sweet it may be, people may be able to start a meaningful conversation that might lead to something more. Sometimes vulgar pick-up lines can have good results if they are dished out with a good sense of humor, but use with caution. Other times, people can charm someone with a cute, and slightly cheesy, one-liner. But no matter the pick-up line, it has to be delivered in just the right way; “It all depends on how someone says it,” said Monica Lindquist, a junior at Cal State Fullerton. “If a guy is laughing along while he says it, or if it is obvious that he is trying to be sweet, then I think pick-up lines are a great way to get a conversation going.”