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I had someone tell me once that I looked so good, they didn't recognise me.

Oh wait... That would be a BAD compliment.

But seriously, my best compliment was when my high school teacher told me I speak to people in a very "human" way, regardless of their age, what they do, or who they are. I liked that, for some reason.

Posted by My name is Andrea. (not verified) on Fri, 02/22/2008 - 01:16

I get that first one a lot. If I put on a suit, I can walk past people who have known me literally my whole life and they won't recognize me.

I'm really, really trying to think of a compliment, but I can't. (My wife doesn't count.)Something on the level of a cute counter-girl spontaneously complimenting me? That's never happened. Occasionally I'll get a hipster girl complimenting my glasses - which are these admittedly awesome Buddy Holly style frames from like 1963 - but that's not me they're complimenting, it's the glasses.

Often, I get the exact opposite from a compliment. Back when I used to have a radio show, I would have people recognize my voice in public, and they'd say: "Wow, you don't look anything like I thought you did!" Which is code for "Wow, you didn't sound fat on the radio!"

Posted by madkevin (not verified) on Fri, 02/22/2008 - 16:10

I met A. in college and he was good friends with a guy named Ry. This weekend we went out and he said to A., "Geez, if I would have known that she would look this good, I would have kept her for myself."

Sort of a odd compliment. I'll take it. ;)

Posted by A. & J. (not verified) on Fri, 02/22/2008 - 17:01

I've heard it from a couple of different people now, though I don't see it myself, but I get complimented on my eyes. Being fair-haired and blue-eyed its not totally unexpected (though colour preference is in the eye of the beholder I think) but what people specifically compliment me on are my supposedly freakishly long eyelashes (for a guy)... 1) I don't think my eyelashes are "freakishly" long and 2) Do long eyelashes on guys look good? (I've never thought so, if so you'd see guys using a lot more eye "product" than they do now)

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 02/22/2008 - 19:03

I was visiting a friend in London (U.K.) and he mentioned that he thought Londoners were rude and unhelpful. I told him that I had found them to be the opposite... very polite and warm and nice.

He said that them treating me so well had more to do with who I am than who they are... that I am the sort of person that people want to be nice to.

He may have just been trying to win the debate, but I liked it anway.

CB in Wpg.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 02/22/2008 - 21:04

I get the eyelash thing too as a guy! I am not alone and neither are you. Also, on saturday a drunk lady said to me "your friend has a lot of hair...and you're bald...but bald is sexier". I had to smile at that.

Posted by Spetter (not verified) on Fri, 02/22/2008 - 21:29

Long eyelashes on a guy are very attractive. I say so, anyway.

I get comments on my glasses a lot, but I agree that those don't count (although they get me free chai at Starbucks now and then). My best compliments are either 1) when someone I love tells me I'm beautiful, 2) when my improv coach says I have make a good character on stage. Geez, I am such a drama kid.

Posted by La Canadienne (not verified) on Fri, 02/22/2008 - 22:52

I was once told I looked like Audrey Hepburn, but I think that was part of some nefarious wooing so I'm loath to count it as my favourite.

So I think my favourite was from tour-mate Todd: "When you go on tour with someone you either end up wanting to punch them in the eye, or thinking they're pretty great. And you are pretty great."

Also from Adam: "She said your book was so good it made her want to throw up. That's how good your book is: puke-good."

J.

Posted by Jo Stockton (not verified) on Fri, 02/22/2008 - 22:56

My son told me that I was the most beautiful woman who loves nature... he was 3.

Posted by Psychic Librarian (not verified) on Fri, 02/22/2008 - 23:11

MadKevin and Evey, I must disagree with you both. If someone is complimenting your glasses (or, ahem, septum piercing) it is because they like how the glasses work on you.

Also, MK, I must disagree that the Short One doesn't count. If you fight me on this, I'll still say that she probably complimented you before you got married, and probably trying to get you into the sack. That counts.

The nicest length of eyelashes, I think, is also in the eye of the beholder. And thus works differently on different people for different people. So there you go.

Jo: Yes, that one is disqualified for its nefarity.

I like all the rest, too!

Posted by megan on Sat, 02/23/2008 - 00:05

This was meant as a compliment, but it made me forever doubt my brain chemicals: a guy I've worked with forever once told me he liked me because I think like a man.

Posted by XUP (not verified) on Sat, 02/23/2008 - 14:31

Here's a weird one: many years ago, a famous local hairdresser named Randy told my ex that I was the only straight woman he had ever liked.

Posted by zoom (not verified) on Sun, 02/24/2008 - 08:29

madi's granny told me I had beautiful breasts.

Posted by suge (not verified) on Sun, 02/24/2008 - 12:28

this past week a coworker said that she knew that if she called me in the middle of the night because her car stalled she knew i would come get her and that i would probably bring her food when i did it.

i guess that is a compliment.

Posted by M (not verified) on Sun, 02/24/2008 - 14:16

A few weeks ago some random guy on the street told me he liked my aura. (Yes, I live in Vancouver.)

And long eyelashes on guys make me weak in the knees...

Posted by Susannah (not verified) on Sun, 02/24/2008 - 15:17