As a public service—and for a little summer fun—here is a list of pickup lines and flirtatious phrases for communicators. If you’re offended by any of them, at least it means you get them:
- I like your style. No, I mean your AP Style.
- How ’bout coming over here so I can kiss your ellipsis.
- I want you. Period. Backspace. Exclamation point, exclamation point.
- I’m free of all social diseases and dangling participles.
- Baby, when I’m with you, I feel like just breaking free and throwing caution to the wind and living with reckless abandon and breaking all the rules, including the one about run-on sentences.
- You make me want to pull out my red pen.
- You must also be a writer, because I’m reading you pretty clearly.
- Do you want the edited version or the rough draft of what I’m thinking right now?
- I’ve misplaced a modifier. How about you coming to my place and helping me look for it?
- I’d like to both compliment you and complement you. Aren’t you impressed that I know the difference?
- Let’s you and I get together for a game of Scrabble. I’m feeling like I might triple word score.
- Think of me as your rough copy. With a little massaging, I could turn into a masterpiece.
Now, add yours to the list. You don’t have to admit to having used them before.
Robert J. Holland is an employee communications manager for a Fortune 500 company based in Richmond, Va. He blogs at Communication at Work where a version of this article first appeared.