If you ever find yourself talking to a native English speaker in a bar, club or dating app, there’s a strong chance they may use a “chat up line” or “pick up line”. This is a joke that plays on words or has a double meaning, and which is supposed to be flirty or flattering.
Chat up lines are usually really, really bad jokes, though. Here are 7 of the most common ones you are likely to hear and what they mean.
Did you hurt yourself… when you fell from the heavens?
Usually the person asking this will say “did you hurt yourself” first and then, when the other person asks, “when?” they say the last part: “when you fell from the heavens.” The idea is that they are complimenting you by suggesting that you look like an angel.
Are you a speeding ticket? Because you’ve got FINE written all over you.
The joke here is that a “fine” (noun) is an amount of money you have to pay for breaking a law, rule or agreement, but “fine” (adjective) is slang for being very attractive.
If I could rearrange the alphabet I’d put U and I together.
This is one of the oldest and cheesiest chat up lines around. The joke here is, of course, that the letters U and I in the alphabet sound the same as “you and I”.
I’m not a photographer, but I can picture us together.
This one is also a simple play on words: a photographer takes pictures, but the expression “to picture something” means to imagine it. So, the other person is saying that they can imagine the two of you in a relationship.
How much does a polar bear weigh? Enough to break the ice.
An “ice-breaker” is the difficult first step in starting a conversation with someone, and “breaking the ice” means saying that first thing in order to get talking. That makes this chat up line quite clever, because by mentioning the polar bear you have just broken the ice… and real life polar bears really are heavy enough to break through ice.
Do you know what my shirt’s made of? Boyfriend material.
The joke here is that “boyfriend material” is a common expression meaning that the person is the kind of guy you might want to have a proper relationship with. For example, you might say, “He seems fun, but I don’t think he’s really boyfriend material.”
How do you like your eggs in the morning?
This is a very cheeky question that suggests that you will still be together, at the other person’s house, by breakfast time the next morning.
A word of warning, though: while chat up lines like these might make you smile, if you use them yourself, do so with caution. The best response you’re likely to get is embarrassment or a raised eyebrow…. and the worst could be a slap ;-)
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