A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 24, 2016
“I didn’t ask you to dance. I said you look fat in those pants”

A classic failed pickup line—and snarky response—is:

Man: Do you want to dance?
Woman: No!
Man: I think you misheard me. I said you look fat in those pants.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1992.


Google Groups: rec.humor
Pickup Line List wanted!
Dr. Snake Voivod
11/20/92
(...)
Heres a beaut..

Excuse me.. want to dance?
(if she says no, then say..)
Maybe you didn’t hear me.. I said you look really fat in those pants!

Google Groups:
soc.singles

The Classiest Pickup Lines
The Brothers Grimm (Wayne and Ez-E)
1/6/93
(...)
How about this classic, “Would you like to dance?” and if/when the person says no reply “No, I said you look FAT IN THOSE PANTS!”...

okay.. lame.. but hey..

Google Groups: rec.humor
pickup lines
Paul Dineen
11/17/93
Backup for a failed pick-up line:
“Do you want to dance?”
“No.”
“I didn’t ask you to dance.  I said ‘You look fat in those pants’”.

Google Books
101 of the World’s Most Effective Pick-Up Lines
By Keith Allen and Anthony Ferrari
Santa Barbara, CA: Gray Area Press
1997
Pg. 60:
Excuse me… would you like to dance? No!
No… I said you look fat in those pants.

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
Would you like to dance?
Bjorn-Ivar Sigbjornsen
11/2/98
(...)
A guy goes up to this girl in a bar and says, “Would you like to dance?”

The girl says, “I don’t like this song, but even if I did, I wouldn’t dance with you.”

The guy says, “I’m sorry, you must have misunderstood me, I said you look fat in those pants.”

Listverse
Top 10 Pick Up Line Rejections
JAMIE FRATER NOVEMBER 17, 2007
(...)
Man: Do you want to dance?
Woman: No!
Man: I think you misheard me. I said you look fat in those pants.

Urban Dictionary
I said, you look fat in those pants!
An effective rebuttal used by a man who has just been denied dancing privileges with the woman of his choice in a noisy club.
Man (yelling over the music): “DO YOU WANT TO DANCE?”
Woman (with a disgusted look on her face): “Not a chance!”
Man: “WHAT? NO. I SAID, YOU LOOK FAT IN THOSE PANTS!”

#rebuttal #one-liners #phrases that will get you slapped #club related #dance
by What the ? February 22, 2006

Twitter
dizzypixel
‏@dizzypixel
has a great line for tonight - “Hi would you like to dance?” “No.” “I’m sorry you mis-heard me I said you look fat in those pants!” Hah!
6:35 PM - 15 Aug 2008

Google Books
Jokes, Quotes, and Other Assorted Things
By Stephen Motway
Xlibris Corporation (Xlibris.com)
2010
Pg 310:
A guy goes up to this girl in a bar and says, “Would you like to dance?”

The girl says, “I don’t like this song, but even if I did, I wouldn’t dance with you.”

The guy says, “I’m sorry, you must have misunderstood me. I said you look fat in those pants.””

Thought Catalog
MARCH 4, 2016
50 Brilliant Sarcastic Jokes That Will Crack You Up When You’re Feeling Snarky
Mélanie Berliet
(...)
5. Would you like to dance? No? You must’ve misheard me. I said you look fat in those pants.

Twitter
Lex
‏@AlexisAlvarez34
“I didn’t ask you to dance I said you look fat in those pants”
9:28 PM - 23 Jun 2016

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