a preponderance of punctuation marks (reedrover) wrote,
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sexism vs. compliments

We had a conversation at the party on Saturday night about how to compliment someone's outfit (usually at work) without sounding sexist, implying that s/he usually didn't look so good, or falling into any other pitfalls of human interaction. The crux of the issue came down to:

"I like that outfit on you." To me, this gives credit to the person. Basically, the structure of the sentence implies that anything (paper bag, polka dots) could look good on you.

"You look good in that outfit." To me, this gives credit to the outfit. Basically, the structure of the sentence implies that you only look good because of that outfit.

Thoughts?
Tags: communication, language&grammar
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