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Old 06-23-2008, 12:32 AM
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What does "met cute" mean?

I've seen it in print before and in the Style section of todays NYTimes it appeared again. There was a picture of two people getting married and the caption read, "They met cute on an internet dating site." What does that mean exactly? Does it mean they met in a cute fashion? Because if so that's a pretty awkward sounding way to say that. Where does that expression even come from.
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Old 06-23-2008, 12:39 AM
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TVTropes has an entry for it. I'm not sure what it would mean in the context of a real life relationship, though. They met in a manner that seemed right out of a cheesy screenplay?
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Old 06-23-2008, 12:43 AM
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Sounds like it means a couple that meets in an unconventional way.

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Two characters, a man and a woman, meet. The circumstances are none of the typical ways couples meet. There's something cutesy about it. Possibly they have an instant dislike for one another. Maybe they crash into each other in a hallway and papers fly about. Perhaps mistaken identity or other wacky misunderstanding is involved. Sometimes someone is naked or in an otherwise embarrassing situation.

There is no clear cut definition of what constitutes meeting cute. One criterion is that it's not any way you or anyone you've ever known has met a significant other. A crucial indicator is that it makes you roll your eyes and wonder if there's a viewer alive who doesn't see where this is going.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MeetCute

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Old 06-23-2008, 12:45 AM
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Since the phrase is basically about a movie convention, I'm going to move this to CS.

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Old 06-23-2008, 12:47 AM
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Here's more on meet cute.

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Film critics such as Roger Ebert [1] or the Associated Press' Christy Lemire [2] popularized the term in their reviews, and may have originated the term. In Ebert's commentary for the DVD of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, he describes the scene where the African-American law student Emerson Thorne bumps into the female character Petronella Danforth. Ebert admits that he, as the screenwriter, wrote into the script a "classic Hollywood meet cute." He explains the meet cute as a scene "in which somebody runs into somebody else, and then something falls, and the two people began to talk, and their eyes meet and they realize that they are attracted to one another." The culture of the extremely compressed movie pitch meeting may have also contributed to its continuing usage.
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"They met cute on an internet dating site."
Pretty much by definition, meeting on an internet dating site is the antithesis of "meeting cute," unless they started off by flaming one another.

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Old 06-23-2008, 12:53 AM
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Pretty much by definition, meeting on an internet dating site is the antithesis of "meeting cute," unless they started off by flaming one another.
I was just about to say that. I wonder if this term is going to wind up being used to describe how anyone met their future spouse. Although to someone who is completely unfamiliar with internet dating, it might seem whimsical and odd to meet that way.
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Old 06-23-2008, 01:18 AM
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Although to someone who is completely unfamiliar with internet dating, it might seem whimsical and odd to meet that way.
I think this is the case, here. It's silly, sure, since the internet shouldn't be new and scary, but it really is to a lot of people, so...
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Old 06-23-2008, 01:18 AM
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Pretty much by definition, meeting on an internet dating site is the antithesis of "meeting cute," unless they started off by flaming one another.
I actually did read a "meet cute on the internet" romance novel. She was an author researching a book about internet dating and he was a cop hunting for a serial killer who met her victims while online dating. They were both pretending to be other people during the initial meet. (See how that causes ?)

But as a general rule, Colibri's right. You can't meet cute while internet dating.
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Old 06-23-2008, 01:29 AM
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Meet Cute: As Sally walks her dog Fergy down Fifth Ave., a swarthy Latin-American man named Ronaldo purchases a salami at a local bodega. Unable to carry all of his groceries, he shoves the salami in his pants. Temporarily distracted by a display of new Versace flip-flops in a store window, Sally doesn't notice as the leash slips from her hand and Fergy chomps down on Ronaldo's crotch. Fortunately, he just got the salami, which everyone has a great laugh over, while Ronaldo cooks dinner for Sally and her mother, who it turns out is allergic to shellfish....

Meet Not Cute: As Sally sits in a ancient green stenographer chair, shoving fistfulls of Cheez-Its into her mouth while alternately tweezing her mustache hair and scratching her asscrack, a new message appears on her match.com profile. Perusing the sender's stats, and sighing with the realization that this is probably as good as she'll get, she clicks the subject line to read the rather poetic message body: "Wanna fuck?"

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Old 06-23-2008, 05:35 AM
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"Notting Hill" isn't a movie, it's a meet cute.
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Old 06-23-2008, 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by cainxinth
"They met cute on an internet dating site."
And I thought I was going to be the first Clever Billy to say that doesn't make sense. Instead I'll complain that TVTropes is misusing the word "trope".

My girlfriend and one of her exes met cute. She was a college student on vacation in Spain; absorbed in the scenery of Bacelona, she stepped in front of a bus, and a hand grabbed her and pulled her to the curb. It was another American -- and a rich, good-looking one. She fell for him, and that was that. (Except that they broke up soon after because he was, as her dad put it, "a cretin". She still refers to him as "Dennis the cretin.")
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Old 06-23-2008, 07:05 AM
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It means you should rent The Holiday, which explains the term well.
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Old 06-23-2008, 07:45 AM
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Meet Not Cute: As Sally sits in a ancient green stenographer chair, shoving fistfulls of Cheez-Its into her mouth while alternately tweezing her mustache hair and scratching her asscrack, a new message appears on her match.com profile. Perusing the sender's stats, and sighing with the realization that this is probably as good as she'll get, she clicks the subject line to read the rather poetic message body: "Wanna fuck?"

I dunno; you had me at "asscrack".
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Old 06-23-2008, 12:02 PM
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Why is it "met cute" and not "met cutely"? Why isn't the adverb form used?
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Old 06-23-2008, 04:25 PM
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Why is it "met cute" and not "met cutely"? Why isn't the adverb form used?
It's "Meet Cute", any change to the form is up to the writer.
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Old 06-23-2008, 05:06 PM
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It means you should rent The Holiday, which explains the term well.
Or Roman Holiday! Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck meet, fall in love, and ... (don't want to spoil the ending) while having laughs and adventures in Rome.

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Old 06-23-2008, 06:09 PM
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Met cute?

It's where a young, single man comes home after a night of pub hopping with his buds and realizes he's forgotten the keys to his apartment so he climbs up the balcony, and entering the apartment collapses on the bed. Shortly thereafter he is awakened by a terrible screaming of a young woman in flannel pajamas with a bath towel on her head. He is apparently in his neighbor's apartment and is curled up on her bed.

Mortified he leaps up and mumbling apologies hurries out her door to his apartment across the hallway. The next day he sends her a bouquet of roses and an apology card.

The next few weeks after the incident he is still quite embarrassed, and at best gives her a hurried nod of the head if they pass in the lobby, but otherwise avoids her. She can sense this and it kind of pisses her off although she's not exactly sure why. The difficulty is that the she's conflicted. She's still upset that he invaded her space, but on the other hand she thinks he's kind of cute. She loves the smell his hair and cologne left on her pillow, and has still not washed it since that night. The pillow he used sits on the other side of her bed like an embarrassing mark of her violation. Sometimes she falls asleep holding it to her face and is disgusted with herself in the morning for being so silly.

She googled him up to see what turned up on him. He's a junior partner at some consulting firm. She found he has a facebook page, but she's damned if she's going to ask to be added as friend after he came into her apartment. She doesn't want to let him off the hook entirely, but can't see any way to engage him without making the first move, which she is loathe to do. She wonders if she's holding too tightly onto her righteous anger at having her space invaded.

It's Friday night, she's about to get her period, and she's horny and hungry. "Fuck him!", she thinks! He should be asking me out to a nice restaurant, and instead he's sitting in his apartment playing some indie mess she can hear faintly through his door. The more she thinks about it the angrier she gets and finally jumps up from the couch, scaring her cat, and marches across the hallway raising her arm to knock on his door.... and hesitates... with her arm upraised. What's she going to say? "I'm hungry! Get your indie rock listening ass out here and take me out to dinner you space invading bastard!" She's so conflicted. She feels like crying. Damn period!

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Old 06-23-2008, 08:30 PM
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And I thought I was going to be the first Clever Billy to say that doesn't make sense. Instead I'll complain that TVTropes is misusing the word "trope".

My girlfriend and one of her exes met cute. She was a college student on vacation in Spain; absorbed in the scenery of Bacelona, she stepped in front of a bus, and a hand grabbed her and pulled her to the curb. It was another American -- and a rich, good-looking one. She fell for him, and that was that. (Except that they broke up soon after because he was, as her dad put it, "a cretin". She still refers to him as "Dennis the cretin.")

But see, if this were a movie, he'd realize what a cretin he was and reform, then come to find her and persuade her that she never really wanted to leave him.
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And I thought I was going to be the first Clever Billy to say that doesn't make sense. Instead I'll complain that TVTropes is misusing the word "trope".
Since they use trope exactly the way I use trope, I have to jump in and defend them.

http://merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trope
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1 a: a word or expression used in a figurative sense : figure of speech b: a common or overused theme or device : cliché <the usual horror movie tropes>
You're thinking of 1a, aren't you?
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Old 06-23-2008, 09:41 PM
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It means you should rent The Holiday, which explains the term well.
Or Roman Holiday! Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck meet, fall in love, and ... (don't want to spoil the ending) while having laughs and adventures in Rome.
I think what elfkin477 means is that in the movie Eli Wallach plays a screenwriter who worked in Hollywood's golden age who actually explains to Kate Winslet's character what the definition of a "meet cute" in the movies is.
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"Meet cute" predates Roger Ebert. It was a Hollywood term in the 30s and 40s.
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:31 AM
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I think what elfkin477 means is that in the movie Eli Wallach plays a screenwriter who worked in Hollywood's golden age who actually explains to Kate Winslet's character what the definition of a "meet cute" in the movies is.
Oh. I thought he was talking about that Cary Grant / Katherine Hepburn movie (which I haven't seen) Holiday.
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:43 AM
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Met cute?

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She's so conflicted. She feels like crying. Damn period!
Dammit Astro, finish the story!?! Does she knock? Do they go to dinner? Happily Ever After or Hot Game of Slapity-Ass that night after dinner?



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Old 06-24-2008, 05:10 PM
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Dammit Astro, finish the story!?! Does she knock? Do they go to dinner? Happily Ever After or Hot Game of Slapity-Ass that night after dinner?



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She knocks, he answers. She tells him she hasn't been able to get him out of her head since that night she found him in her bed. She says she knows he's thought about it too, and she'd like to have a quick bite to eat and maybe a drink to chat about it. He agrees, but says he can't stay out late.

So they go to a nice little bistro just down the way, have a great time, and entirely too much to drink. When they get back to the apartment they discover they have BOTH left their keys inside. He offers to climb up through her apartment and let her in, and then do the same for his. She says "No way, I keep my patio door securely locked these days. Can I crash on your sofa?" He flushes, and says, "I guess it'll be ok." He climbs up out of sight. She goes up the stairs to his apartment. The door opens and she goes in.

The next morning her apartment door opens and a disheveled, and very shamefaced guy comes out into the hallway to knock on his own apartment door. Cut to the interior of his apartment where the neighbor girl is cuddled up with his girlfriend and the girls share a quiet smile.

Enjoy,
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Old 06-24-2008, 08:03 PM
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[5 minutes ago...]

Hey! I know what meet cute means! It was in The Holiday!

*open thread*

*get to post #5*

Huh...did they really steal some critic slang that is only 10 years old and try to pawn it off as vintage?? Typical Hollywood...

*see others talking about The Holiday*

*chuckle*

*get to post #21*

Aha! Third-hand vindication...sort of. Sorry I doubted you, Hollywood.

[1 minute ago...]

Well, now that I've read the thread and have it open, might as well post something...

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Met cute?

It's where a young, single man comes home after a night of pub hopping with his buds and realizes he's forgotten the keys to his apartment so he climbs up the balcony, and entering the apartment collapses on the bed. Shortly thereafter he is awakened by a terrible screaming of a young woman in flannel pajamas with a bath towel on her head. He is apparently in his neighbor's apartment and is curled up on her bed.
If you make it that he goes to Leningrad by mistake and his key works in the lock of the apartement that he goes to because all Soviet locks are crap, you have Irony of Fate
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