Introduction lines, better known as pickup lines, have a reputation for being cheesy and overdone. If you just pick a line out of a book or off of a website, chances are you will not get very far with the object of your desire. Introductions fall within a category, such as cheesy but funny, inappropriate but funny, clever or honest. Different types of lines will work with different people, so gauge the personality, likes and pet peeves of the person you are trying to pick up before spitting out any old introductory line.
Cheesy but Funny
Cheesy but funny pickup lines will work with a guy or girl who has a good sense of humor. Despite the cheesiness, cheesy but funny pickup lines show that you are not afraid to make fun of yourself and have a good time. If the person you would like to date has a jokey personality, try a line that resembles “I just realized this, but you look a lot like my next girlfriend” or “I’m fighting the urge to make you the happiest woman on earth tonight.” Other cheesy but funny pickup lines include “POOF! I’m here. What are your other two wishes?”, or “You must be a dictionary; you add meaning to my life.”
Brash but Funny
If you are after a sexy, snark, back-talking sort of woman or man, you might find an inappropriate but funny pickup line useful. These pickup lines could offend the wrong person, or make the right person giggle and give in to your wit; be careful who you use them on. Inappropriate but funny pickup lines include: “I wish you were DSL so I could get high-speed access,” “I heard your ankles were having a party; you should invite your pants down,” “Do you have any Italian in you? Would you like some?” and, “If it’s true that we are what we eat, I could be you by tomorrow morning.”
In most cases, the best introduction line is an honest one. If you would like to date someone, you have probably been acquainted with them for awhile or you are taken aback by their beauty and demeanor. If a fear of rejection is stopping you, begin with small talk. Ask for this person’s name, his hobbies, his interests and his passions. Small talk may also lead you to discover whether this person is already in a relationship, saving you the embarrassment of using a cheesy pickup line or risking rejection. Another way to be honest, yet flirtatious, is to jump right in and say something like: “I’ don’t usually do this, but I would really like to take you out. What’s your favorite restaurant?” Honest introductory lines show your real personality, show honest interest in the person you wish to date and are more endearing than a true pickup line.
Dos and Don'ts
When delivering a pickup or introductory line, be confident and straightforward. If you want to be cheesy or funny, commit to the line and see it through from beginning to end. The only thing worse than a bad pickup line is a bad pickup line with bad delivery. Don’t use a pickup line with a closed end. For example, saying “Is your name Gillette? ‘Cause you’re the best a man can get” is a closed statement rather than a question or a leading statement. Pickup lines rarely bring the best out of your personality, but they can be ice breakers and conversation starters. Whichever pickup line you choose, aim for one that will lead into a more meaningful conversation that could turn into a real relationship, even if it just ends up being a friendship.
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