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Wednesday conversation: Complimentary, nuts

Posted by Robin Abrahams  June 9, 2010 06:42 AM

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Today's conversational topic is: What's the strangest compliment you've ever received?

Mine, of course, would have to be the infamous "Has anyone ever told you you look like a female Spock?" Which may or may not have been intended as a compliment, but I certainly took it as one!

Also, when I was a college student, one of my professors once said, "You're equally comfortable in the role of intellectual or floozy." He was talking about both my acting range and my actual personality. I realize that these days, such a statement coming from a male professor to a female student might be considered sexual harassment, but it certainly didn't strike me as so at the time. For one thing, the professor in question was a mentor and almost a father figure to me; for another, theater people really do talk like that, bluntly assessing each others' physical and psychological assets.

Share your own weird compliments!
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