Pick-up line

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A pick-up line or chat-up line is a conversation opener with the intent of engaging an unfamiliar 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. They are most commonly used by men who pick up women.

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.[4]

Novices are advised to avoid standardised and hackneyed lines and to put their opening in an interrogative form, if possible.[5]

Pickup lines have been made popular mostly by pickup artists.[6] They have been teaching people all over the world how to use this simple yet effective method, standardising it and making it globally known.

Pick-up lines are evolving due to new technologies and media, which can involve smartphone apps or even TV programs and movies. In fact, new digital generation pick-up lines are constantly being created.

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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. ^ Macrae, Fiona (2010-09-17). "Forget the cheesy chat-up lines – just say 'Hello' if you want to be a success with the opposite sex". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 2010-09-20. 
  5. ^ J. Sidnell, Conversation Analysis (2011) p. 14
  6. ^ http://www.vindicarlopandorasbox.org/

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