Flirting is an art. It’s an art because not everyone is careful enough with their words and quick to judge the situation at hand. To be a good flirt one has to cause an impression, but also to catch the other’s imagination. It is a game in which the most confident part has more chances to win.
Flirting made easy
Although men are usually expected to make the first move, the number of women being in this position has changed the flirting scene. Shy men and women who are not approached as often as they would like – or not by the ones they would expect- are among the causes of growing number of flirtatious women.
Now, because of virtual communities, text messages, chat rooms and others, men and women of all ages and personalities have been encouraged to flirt their way to romance. Below you will read some ads from a free newspaper (put together in May/2012). People send a text or email to the paper to have their lines published.
The section is called: YEH BIG RIDE – strangers on a train …or bus
To the unbelievably gorgeous girl who got the 18.35 train to Greystones on Wednesday evening. She got on at Grand Canal, got off at Sydney Parade. Dressed in black, with red hair and glasses. Please tell me you are single.
A Single, via text
We hope she is single too!
To the cute guy with the beard and black batman hoody in Terenure every day, maybe we can share a laugh some day!
CentraGirl, via text
I’m telling you…some women can be very cheeky…
To the dreamy girl in the red jacket I see on George St every morning, don’t mind the Bradley Cooper lookalike, say hi to me instead – tall, strong, suited Ron Burgundy lookalike! I’m kind of a big deal.
Ronan, via text
I’m kind of a big deal => a line of the main character of the film Anchorman: the legend of Ron Burgundy. He says to the women: ‘I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal’.
To the sexy guy who drives my number 16 bus every morning to George’s Street, I could stare at you all day!
Beauty therapist, via text
Although I wish both all the best, I hope the ‘sexy guy’ will not stare at her while driving…
Smoking-hot blonde who got on the 140 bus towards Dartry on Wednesday at around 4ish – she was sitting with her friend across from me on a relatively empty bus upstairs, wearing skinny blue jeans, pumps and a light lemon top.
Villiers, via e-mail
Great description, by the way! And we, women, think that men do not notice much…
To Big Paul ‘Macker’ the Dart driver, I see you in Bray but not enough. You’re hunky and loud, the way I love my men. Please get back to me.
Sexy Sue, via text
Very straight, huh?
To the pretty woman in the summer dress getting the last train to Kildare on Friday night, I thought I caught you looking at me twice. Each time I looked up, you ducked back behind your seat. Did I look funny or should I have said hello?
Regretful Fool, via e-mail
Liked that! Romantic, funny and no beating around the bush.
Virtual flirting: good or bad?
A guy who sent a text about the section has a point:
What is wrong with this generation? ‘Great guy’ actually talks to his ’Stranger on the train’ and still can’t pick up the courage to ask her out. I blame the likes of Facebook and people doing all their flirting through their keyboard.
Keith, via email
At the end of the section it reads:
Lovestruck? If your love is requited, Metro Herald will put you in contact.**
- What do you think about using technology to flirt?
- Can you share a funny story? Maybe a successful one?
- Any more words, collocations, idioms and fixed expressions?
Hey, be good!
**P S : Dear readers, I prefer not to insert translation as I believe the context can help you with the words in bold. Yet, I do not want you wondering what this or that might be. Please, I encourage you to do research and, finally, if you cannot find what you are looking for, just let me/us know and I/we will help you. No problems.