We asked UCL students what was the worst pick-up line that had been used on them
Are you a campfire? Cause you are hot and I want ‘smore.
Let's be honest, we all like to be hit on sometimes. Flirting is fun and exciting. It can make you feel giddy and cause a goofy grin to spread across your face but it can also go the other way. Some of the things people say can leave you feeling disgusted, angry, or just plain confused.
Some people just don't seem to understand that offending or weirding someone out is not the way into their heart or (perhaps more importantly) their pants. I decided to ask UCL students what was the worst pick up line they had ever heard and their reactions to these tragic courtship attempts.
Sarah, First year PPE
"Do you have a mirror in your pants? Because I can see myself in your pants."
In what world is this charming? He could have at least pretended for one second that he could focus on my face.
Jenny, Second year Engineering
"Could you pretend I'm a dog and help me bury my bone?"
I wish I had told him I didn't have to pretend he was a dog.
Helen, First year Law
"Baby, I'm no Fred Flintstone, but I can make you Bedrock!"
Jamie, Third year Maths
"Are you a banana? Because I find you a-peeling."
Really? Couldn't he have come up with a better pun.
Izzy, Second year Geography
"Are you a campfire? Cause you are hot and I want 'smore."
I am not going to lie, I actually thought this was quite funny.
Lucy, Second year English
"I can't offer you love, but I can offer you lots of touching and tacos."
I just found this really weird. I decided to just get the tacos.
"What God took away with your personality, he compensated for with your boobs."
He said this and all I could think was: why do you think I would now want to go out with you?
Adeline, First year PPE
"You walking or working baby?"
I guess he was asking if I was a prostitute but I don't really know…
Hope, First year History
"I got asked out in 'Dothraki.'"
I don't really thing you should use The Game of Thrones for dating advice, considering the track records of most of the couples.
AJ, Fourth year Engineering
"I have a really cool dog calendar. Do you want to go up to my room to see it?"
I told him I didn't want to see it and ran away.
Isabella, Second year History
"Your eyes are like the sea."
In case you hadn't noticed my eyes are brown.
Laura, Second year English
"How many geese do you think you could fight off?"
I don't really know why he asked me this.
These pick-up lines are entertaining and for the most part harmless. But in this time of #MeToo, it seems a good time to take a closer look at the fact that even pick-up lines seem to reflect the belief that it is ok and even beneficial to objectify and offend women.