Enough to break the ice: as you can see, pick-up lines are one of the most creative forms of communication.

Recently, I made a trip down to Miami where I learned the real quality of a solid pick-up line. Many people brush off these clever, sometimes cheeky, one liners or find them immature. However, my friends and I have grown to appreciate them as we have seen the various types of persuasive one-liners out there.

For example, one of my favorites used on my best friend: after she had dropped an ice cube, a man quickly stepped on it and said, "Now that I have broken the ice, what is your name?"

To most, pick-up lines seem to have this air of desperation. However, there is a witty ele- ment many people overlook. The one-liners involve spontaneity and, if done correctly, may not be flattering but can be comical and possibly start a genuine conversation.

There are your typical pick-up lines that are not the cream of the crop selection such as, "Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?" or "Are you a ticket? Because you have fine written all over you."

The suave phrases I enjoy, however, are the remarks that reveal if someone is quick on their toes or not.

Most people just politely laugh and continue on in their endeavors, but maybe these witticisms aren't the worst way to strike up a conversation:

#5. Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by again?
#4. Well, here I am. What were your other two wishes?
#3. I don't know if you know this but you look a lot like my next girlfriend.
#2. Hey... Didn't I see your name in the dictionary under "Shazaam!"?
#1. You're so beautiful that you made me forget my pick-up line.

After reading those astounding compliments, who wouldn't be head over heels for whoever's lips those statements left?

In a study done by "Discovery Health," a majority of men using pick-up lines have been put up to it by friends and aren't actually serious anyways. So hey, maybe pick-up lines aren't that bad after all; clearly the way to a woman's or man's heart is through these jests. If nothing else at least someone broke the ice and you might just get a friend out of it.

Out of the seven billion people roaming the earth today I have learned the importance of
connecting with people, even strangers.

I take this as a wake-up call because it seems as if I still have a few billion people left to meet; maybe I will try and make a new friend every day, even if it is just a five minute
conversation started by a lame pick-up line. Of course pick-up lines aren't the only way to know someone.

Even a simple "Hey, what is your name?" is considered a pick-up line. If we were more responsive to others reaching out the world would be a happier place. Not only can stirring up conversation provide friendship, but one can make connections through these short conversations whether it be for a job, internship or even just useful acquaintance.

This is a rather weird way of seeing the world, but it places an interesting spin on my days. My challenge is not to go out and use pick-up lines (although I find it very comical), but to give everyone a chance. It just might open some doors for you in the future.

Warning: Pick-up lines are not 100 percent effective.


Annie Blackwood is a rising junior in communication studies. She can be reached at ablackwo6@utk.edu