Monday, April 12, 2010

Left-Handed Compliments

"You're almost as pretty as your sister."

"You're a credit to your race."

"Really? You don't look Turkish. I thought you were Italian."

"Left-handed" compliments bug me. Even the name bugs me. As a proud Southpaw American, I take umbrage at this misrepresentation of our proud heritage, much the way that the Rom (Gypsies) hate the when someone claims "I've been gypped!"

And don't even get me started on "Indian Givers."
Believe me.
I will start.

Got any to share?

Oh, and let me leave you with this visual--I'm off to a yoga class this morning. While I'm not, technically, a bear, it's an accurate metaphor for both my personality and physical build. Downward-Facing Bear--signing out.

8 comments:

Disgruntled Bear said...

Pretty much any occasion in which someone says, "I'd do you." It's interesting that insultocompliment is so close to "I do," one of the sweetest things someone can say.

More than a fine grammatical line separates "I do" and "I'd do you."

Disgruntled Bear said...

That dress is great. You can't even tell that you're fat.

fairyhedgehog said...

I've always heard them called "back-handed compliments" which is at least not rude to left-handed people!

Disgruntled Bear said...

Hi fairyhedgehog,
I think I prefer your term--it sounds like the person's getting simultaneously complimented and hit in the face.

StephTheBookworm said...

Yeah, they are annoying! The one I hate is when people go on and on about an overweight person "but she has such a pretty face!" That irks me... I'm one of the chubby ones, obviously lol. :)

Theresa Milstein said...

Not bad, for a girl.

I'm left-handed too!

Disgruntled Bear said...

Good one, Theresa!

We lefties have to stick together--or at least sit on the same side of the booth in restaurants. :)

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