Top 10: Bad Pickup Lines

[via askmen] Pickup lines are totally overrated and entirely unnecessary, yet, for some reason, men still love to collect and sometimes even try them out on unsuspecting women. The only purpose of a pickup line should be to initiate a conversation with a girl, and there are thousands of other much more effective ways to do that.

Pickup lines are great for sharing a laugh with friends and should be really only be used for that. Anyone who tells you that pickup lines are an essential part of meeting women obviously doesn't understand the art of the pickup. In order to illustrate this we've compiled a list of the top 10 bad pickup lines. These are some of the worst pickup out lines out there, and we've even included a little bit more about what makes them oh-so bad.

Number 10

“Great legs, what time do they open?”

Your friends might find this hilarious, but you’re certainly not getting anywhere with her by trying this bad pickup line. Anytime you imply that a good-looking girl is easy because she’s dressed provocatively and in a bar, you’re committing a huge mistake. If she’s hot, would she really be interested in hearing you belittle her? And it’s not witty, this bad pickup line is just insulting.

Number 9

“You must be tired because you’ve been running through my head all night.”

This one is just plain bad because it’s been around for longer than most would like to remember. If you haven’t heard it, then you’ve been living in a cave somewhere, and if you’re still actually using it, it’s time to join us in the 21st century and stop using this bad pickup line. Trying the cheesy angle is a good idea, but it should be at least mildly original.

Number 8

“Hey girl, what’s up? Guess what? It’s your lucky day. Out of all the girls here, I picked you to talk to.”

We shouldn’t have to bother explaining why confidence is always good, but when it crosses the line into arrogance, you won’t be having much luck with the ladies. That is, of course, unless you’re a male model and ridiculously good looking.

Number 7

“That shirt’s very becoming on you. Of course, if I were on you I’d be coming too.”

Contrary to what some men think, offering a girl you just met a sperm bath is not a good way to build attraction. In fact, the lecherous approach almost always fails. Yeah, we know, sometimes a bit of no-strings-attached action is all you’re really after, and there are girls out there who feel the same, so why not make that clear and see what happens? However, making reference to any of your bodily fluids with a bad pickup line like this one is not how you should go about it.

Number 6

“Can I buy you a drink or do you just want the money?”

First of all, implying that a woman is a prostitute is so far from where you want to be when you're trying to hook up with her. Yes, she wants to feel sexy and, yes, she wants to feel attractive, but she does not want to feel like a hired worker. By offering her money straight up in exchange for sex, you're not only using one of the worst bad pickup lines ever, you’re also cruising for a slap across the face or a drink poured over your head.

Here are a few more bad pickup lines you need to avoid when trying to hook up...

Number 5

“Can I have your phone number? I seem to have lost mine.”

Any girl who finds this bad pickup line charming has most likely just been released from prison or a mental institution. Ninety-nine times out of 100, the girl will dismiss you as an unoriginal creep and leave you standing there licking your wounds. On the one occasion you do succeed, you’ll be lucky to wake up the next day with all of your vital organs intact.

Number 4

“Do you believe in love at first sight or should I walk past again?”

Kinda funny, yes, but wanna know why it's so bad? Too cocky. Many girls find a cocky swagger cripplingly appealing, particularly if you’re better-than-average looking, but this type of bad pickup line has got egomaniac written all over it.

Number 3

“Excuse me; I think you owe me a drink.”[She says, "Why?"] “Because when I saw you from across the room I dropped mine. It was a rum and Coke, and I’m [your name].”

Not only will this trigger the bullsh*t detector on most girls, but you’re bound to get labeled a cheapskate to boot. At this point, you shouldn’t be asking her for things but instead offering to make her life better in some small way -- or at least to buy her a drink.

Number 2

“Is your last name Gillette? Because you’re the best a man can get.”

Guys who use bad pickup lines like this think they’re being cute, but really they’re just wasting time and space and should be barred from entering nightclubs. By referencing slogans and catch phrases they hope to achieve some common bond with the girl, but instead just come across as dorks who watch too much TV.

Number 1

“Do you come here often?”

There are some pickup lines that have worked their way into our collective consciousness and managed to stay there, lodged forever -- and this has to be the worst of them all. Even with a dash of irony, this bad pickup line is likely to send her off in search of a restraining order.

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If you ask us, men have a tendency to walk up to women in bars in completely the wrong manner. Whether it’s out of a fear of rejection or just general stupidity, men often come off as being crude and insulting. The reason is men don’t want to leave themselves open to ridicule and, therefore, often act pompous and arrogant when approaching good-looking women in bars. Either we acknowledge a lost cause and will say something obnoxious just to provoke a reaction and make our friends laugh or we tend to take the pickup line so seriously that it’s bound to fail. If you tend to get straight-faced while trying to use a pickup line, you'll inevitably be rebuked or worse, laughed at.

Let your guard down a bit, guys and make it clear that you’re aware of the cliched approach you’re taking. The girl may not swoon, but she’ll definitely think you’re cool enough to carry on a conversation with. The rest is up to you.

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