Have you ever had someone try and hit on you with a bad pickup line and immediately gotten the ick? Over the years — thanks to movies, TV shows and just people generally being cringe — there have been a ton of cheesy and dirty pickup lines that have made rounds. Many of them, we just simply don’t want to hear ever again due to their skin-crawling level of cringeiness, and also because they’re inappropriate — some of the misogynistic pickup lines of the past would make us do a double take in this day and age.
These are some once-popular pickup lines that wouldn’t fly in 2022.
“I couldn’t help but notice you look a lot like my next girlfriend.”
Who could forget when Will Smith’s character said this line in the film Hitch? It was super cocky and just… not funny. We can’t imagine this working on anyone in 2022.
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“Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?”
Okay so this line isn’t exactly harmful, however, it’s just been done to death. Having heard it a million times, it’s beyond cheesy and has most certainly lost any ounce of charm it may have once possessed.
“Is your muffin buttered?”
This iconic line comes from Mean Girls, and spoiler alert, it doesn’t work. In 2022, pickup lines that make creepy use of innuendo are not a good idea. It didn’t work on Cady Heron in the film, and we doubt it would work on anyone in real life, either.
“Nice outfit, but it would look better on my bedroom floor.”
We aren’t loving the overly sexual vibe of this pickup line. If someone said this to you when trying to hit on you, there’s a good chance you’d feel like a piece of meat.
“You’re so pretty, you don’t need any makeup.”
This line seems harmless, but in reality, it’s just a way to police people who wear makeup. How someone chooses to present themselves to the world shouldn’t be used to try and hit on them. This line is also giving some serious “pick me” energy because it subtly puts down people who do wear makeup. So steer clear of anyone trying to use this line on you in 2022.
“Do you come here often?”
If anyone out there is actually still using this line… we needn’t say more.
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“Are you free tonight, or are you going to cost me?”
The implications of this line really aren’t a good look. On one hand, there’s the assumption that someone should be paying for dinner, but on the other, there’s the allusion to sex work, which is work and shouldn’t be used as a punchline to shame someone.
“What are you?”
Not only is this a microaggression when used on people of colour or genderfluid or nonbinary individuals, it’s just plain creepy. Asking about someone’s background is never a good way to hit on someone, and more often than not, it’s going to tick them off. No matter how unique someone looks, it’s better to try complimenting their personality instead.
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“I’ve lost my teddy bear! Can I sleep with you instead?”
Depending on what you’re looking for, maybe this line might work on you if you’re looking for something casual. However, if you’re wanting to date and take things slow, a line like this isn’t going to work. Plus, who wants to be hit on by someone joking about sleeping with their treasured stuffed animal?
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“I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal.”
Yes, people still quote this line from Anchorman quite often, but that doesn’t mean it’s something that anyone wants to hear. If you have to brag to someone that you’re super important, it just comes across as being very insecure, which isn’t all that attractive.