Ten Do's and Don'ts of Making Pick-up Lines Work

Everyone's heard of classic pick-up bombs: "You must be Jamaican, because Jamaican me crazy," "You with those curves, and me with no brakes..." and "Did it hurt? (What?) When you fell from heaven ... Did it hurt?" While most people shudder at the thought of using one of these lines -- let alone actually being picked up by one -- there is a way to pull them off. A sense of humor about the line and a quick, sincere follow up is the best way to keep the conversation going -- after all, you're really just trying to use the line to get a laugh out of someone. For instance, you may approach a man or woman with a line like, "I was wondering if you have a moment to spare for me to hit on you?" Follow that with a huge smile and a modest eye-roll or a blush to show that you don't really think this is really the way to get a date. Then introduce yourself. If he or she isn't turned off, it's possible that they're thrilled to have a way to break the usual awkwardness of introduction. Here are a few do's and don'ts when attempting to use a pick-up line:

Do smile: A big smile is contagious.

Do laugh after saying a corny line: You want to let them know that you're not a sleaze and that you have a sense of humor about this whole thing.

Do look the person straight in the eyes: By doing so, you're indicating genuine interest.

Do politely introduce yourself: Offer a handshake and your name and ask for theirs.

Do flatter: But be sincere and not overblown about it.

Don't be crude or offensive: Insults are going to get you nowhere fast.

Don't make overtly sexual references: Seventh grade humor tends not to work on adults.

Don't be condescending: It's a turn-off.

Don't smirk: Nothing indicates disdain more than a curled lip.

Don't keep looking back at your friends like it was a dare: He or she will go right back to theirs.

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