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QUIZ: Is This a Holden Caulfield Quote, or Something a Guy Actually Said to Me on a First Date?

I’ve done some online dating in my time, which means I’ve been on dates with guys who were just one red hunting hat away from being Holden Caulfield. Not that there’s anything wrong with Holden, but he’s not someone I would particularly want to date. Look, I like ranting about the shackles of modern society as much as the next person, but there’s a time and a place for it, and “on a first date at Red Lobster before the waitress has even had a chance to bring out our cheddar biscuits” is neither the time nor the place.

Can you tell the difference between a Catcher in the Rye quote and things someone has actually said to me, out loud, on a first date?

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