See when a girl decides that you're her friend,you're no longer a dating option. You become a complete non-sexual entity in her eyes, like her brother Or a lamp.

I'm new to English and have just watched Just Friends (2005). Above quote has a lamp word which has another meaning other than electric bulb or source of light.

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    The writer is giving an example of an inanimate object. The object could have been a carrot, or a rock, or a bench. The only requirement is that it be a non-sexual entity. The reference is intended to be humorous.
    – Robusto
    Commented Jul 22, 2017 at 13:18
  • @Robusto: Given how precisely Artmal's UD cite (dated 2012) matches the Just Friends context, it's tempting to suppose it was actually prompted by that usage. Which might otherwise simply have been dismissed as a complete one-off. Interestingly, I found a related lolcat titled Nothing to see here, I’m just a lamp also posted in 2012. Maybe it has gained or will gain traction, but I kinda doubt it. Commented Jul 22, 2017 at 13:59

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From urban dictionary:

An object that oftentimes passes under people's notices. Usually used to describe an object with a light bulb, It can be used to describe an ex-boyfriend who is obscenely annoying and somewhat hated. Once you friend-zone a guy, he becomes a lamp in your mind. A somewhat useless object that can be turned on and sometimes off but is generally a hindrance to daily life. It is much easier to hit the light switch then to use a lamp. Although.... they are always there for backup.... Anyways... no one likes lamps. Except losers.

You can find more definitions on the site.

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    The reasons for my downvote: That UD definition has a large number of downvotes, suggesting that many people believe it to be invalid in some way. You would need to bolster this answer with clear attestations.
    – TimR
    Commented Jul 22, 2017 at 14:08

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