Pick-up line

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The Flirtation by Eugene de Blaas.

A pick-up line or chat-up line is a conversation opener with the intent of engaging a person for romance or dating. Overt and sometimes humorous displays of romantic interest, pick-up lines advertise the wit of their speakers to their target listeners.

Pick-up lines range from straightforward conversation openers such as introducing oneself, providing information about oneself, or asking someone about their likes[1] and common interests,[2] to more elaborate attempts including flattery[3] or humour.

Novices are advised to avoid standardised and hackneyed lines (particularly those resembling country songs[4]) and to put their opening in an interrogative form, if possible.[5]

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  1. ^ Kuriansky, Judith (2003). "The complete idiot's guide to dating". p. 118. ISBN 1-59257-153-0.
  2. ^ Eric Berne, Games People Play (1964) p. 155-6
  3. ^ Eric Berne, Sex in Human Loving (1970) p. 238
  4. ^ J. Browne, Dating for Dummies (2011) p. 86
  5. ^ J. Sidnell, Conversation Analysis (2011) p. 14

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