10 ridiculous Yiddish pick-up lines

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Matchmaking looks a little different than it did back in shtetl times, but that doesn’t mean you can’t woo someone the ‘old fashioned way’ by using a few Yiddish pick up lines.

After all, what’s more charming than making your date laugh?

One Tik Tok user found a document from the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research outlining 60 opening lines given to participants at a Yiddish speed dating event in 1919.

A card from the 1919 Yiddish edition of the game Salon-Flirt. (Courtesy: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research)

The lines range from “Don’t stick your finger between the door” to “For one kiss, I will give up half a lifetime.”

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Like we said, Yiddish pick up lines might not be the most endearing, but they’re a sure fire way to make your date laugh. Use at your own risk!

Here are a few lines translated from that document and some others collected by YIVO. 

We can make a mistake together

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You run too much in the heavens, be careful!

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Don’t stick your finger between the door

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For one kiss I will give up half a lifetime

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You are as bothersome as licorice with butter

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I’ve got a sweet secret for you

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You’re as beautiful as a cat in sour cream

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Don’t call the wolf out of the woods

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Don’t think that behind my smiling face there isn’t a deep pain

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Watch out, they’re looking at us

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