- gal (n.) 女孩（俚語）
- flirty (adj.) 輕佻的／曖昧的
- to pick someone up (phr. v.) 搭訕別人
- pick-up line (n.) 撩人金句
- tactic (n.) 戰術
- to hit on someone (phr. v.) 跟某人搭訕
- anonymity (n.) 匿名
- confidentiality (n.) 保密
- to strike up a conversation (phr. v.) 開啟話題
- faded jeans (n.) 褪色牛仔褲
- pseudonyms (n.) 假名
- to get/ give butterflies [in one’s stomach] (idiom) 心裡有小鹿亂撞
- flattered (adj.) 受寵若驚
二、技巧與策略 Tactics & Strategies
For research purposes, WuShare’s team went around the office to ask both guys and gals whether they’ve ever hit on a stranger before. Our survey was simple with only 3 questions:
1) have you ever picked anyone up?
2) what are some of your pick-up lines?
3) what are some strategies or tactics you can suggest?
To protect the anonymity and confidentiality of those we interviewed, we’ve replaced their real names with pseudonyms.
Mr. Patiently Waiting 耐心等待先生
“I am not a flirty guy to begin with, and I used to find it terrifying to talk to strangers, let alone show my interest in them, but I’ve grown to face my fears and get out of my comfort zone. I told myself that I’ve got nothing to lose, but definitely nothing to gain if I don’t try. My main strategies are staying focused and patient. There was a really cute girl who used to work at a coffee shop and to get her attention, I would try and visit the shop every day, ordering the same, complicated drink. After a few visits, I could tell she remembered and recognized me as soon as I walked in the door. When I felt the timing was right, I struck up a conversation beyond the usual “I’ll have a tall chai latte with skimmed milk and a dash of cinnamon.” I went on and added things like, “I bet you know what I was going to order, eh?” It wasn’t long before we exchanged contact information.”
Ms. Now or Never 要不就現在小姐
“One of the bravest things I’ve ever done was going up to this guy on the train. I don’t normally do things like this but as he walked by me on the train that morning, he really took my breath away, you know? He was pretty tall, had headphones on, wore faded jeans and nodded his head to the beat of his music. There was just something about him. He wasn’t just good looking, but there was something about his aura. I’ve always been really outgoing and talking to strangers was never a problem, but there was something about him that gave me the butterflies… I had 11 more stops before I had to get off, 11 more stops before I had to say goodbye to this gorgeous human being, so at the 7th stop, I gathered all my courage and walked up to this guy. Oh, thank goodness there weren’t a lot of people that morning! So anyways, I literally just said, ‘Hi, I’ve been wanting to talk to you since you got on the train. I am getting off in 4 stops and I don’t want to seem creepy but I would really love to get to know you more.’ Unfortunately, it wasn’t a fairytale ending. He politely rejected me, ‘Oh wow, thanks, I’m flattered, but, uh… I have a girlfriend.’ Needless to say, it was awkward for me but he was so nice and told me he really appreciates girls with guts. It wasn’t how I wanted things to go, but at least I tried and I’ve never regretted it.”
Ms. Batting Eyes 拋媚眼小姐
“I’m not very experienced at picking up guys, but if there’s a guy I’m interested in at a bar or club, I’ll allow him to catch me looking at him and look away. Usually, if the guy is interested, they’ll come over. Not really sure if this counts as a pick-up strategy, though!”
Mr. I-like-you-and-you-know-it 妳知道我喜歡妳先生
“I like to keep things classy and show girls that chivalry ain’t dead. I’ll be on my best behavior, open doors, pull out chairs, and all. And I have no problem telling them right away that I’m attracted to them! I find that this is just a more efficient use of both of our time, if one isn’t feeling the vibe, then we can both move on. None of that play-hard-to-get crap.”
Mr. Cheesy-tacky-but-oh-so-classy 俗氣又經典先生
“I’m not great looking and it’s not like I have a lot to offer, but my sense of humor has always helped me in my relationships and meeting new people. I’ll bust out all the old, out-of-date, cheesy pick-up lines, the girls will laugh and call me tacky, but it’s a great conversation opener. No matter how tacky the lines are, with the right attitude, some girls still appreciate the timelessness of these pick-up lines.”
三、經典（老派）搭訕語句 Classic (old-fashioned) Pick-up Lines
For entertainment purposes, we’ve listed out a few classic (but really, old-fashioned) pick-up lines. We (ages 25–35, female and male) rated these on a scale of 1–10 (1 = acceptable cheesy, 10 = do-not-ever-use-this cheesy). Remember, these lines used to work back in the days, so who knows, maybe it’s about time we bring [some of] them back!
I seem to have lost my phone number. Can I have yours?
Gals: 6.6 Guys: 5
Do I know you? ’Cause you look a lot like my next girlfriend/boyfriend.
Gals: 7.6 Guys: 7
Do you know what my shirt is made of? Boyfriend/girlfriend material?
Gals: 4.8 Guys: 5.67
I’m lost. Can you give me directions to your heart?
Gals: 9.2 Guys: 4
Are you sure you’re not tired? You’ve been running through my mind all day.
Gals: 7.8 Guys: 4.33
Would you grab my arm, so I can tell my friends I’ve been touched by an angel?
Gals: 7.6 Guys: 4.67
There’s only one thing I want to change about you, and that’s your last name.
Gals: 9.4 Guys: 6.67
Do you believe in love at first sight or should I pass by again?
Gals: 5.2 Guys: 6
Kiss me if I’m wrong, but dinosaurs still exist, right?
Gals: 5.4 Guys: 7.33
Did it hurt? When you fell from heaven?
Gals: 6.2 Guys: 3
Can I follow you home? ’Cause my parents always told me to follow my dreams.
Gals: 5.9 Guys: 4.67
Is your name Google? Because you have everything I’ve been searching for.
Gals: 6.8 Guys: 3
Do you have a pencil? ’Cause I want to erase your past and write our future.
Gals: 5.6 Guys: 5
Somebody call the cops, because it’s got to be illegal to look that good!
Gals: 9.6 Guys: 7.67
Hello. Cupid called. He wants to tell you that he needs my heart back.
Gals: 8.2 Guys: 4.33
The findings of our research showed us a couple of things: 1) our coworkers aren’t the boring individuals we thought they were, and 2) it doesn’t matter whether you’re a guy or gal, sometimes it just takes an ounce of courage to step out of your comfort zone to approach someone you’re interested in. What do you have to lose?