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bellcatbellcat Senior MemberPosts: 1,929 Senior Member
So, when my wife and I first started dating, she cooked an excellent meal for me.

I complemented her by saying, "That's not bad at all!"

Now she took this as, "Well it must not be good then.   He doesn't like it."

It took a long time to explain to her that when you say 'it's not bad' it means, 'pretty darn good.'

It's led to other expressions as well, such as "There's nothing wrong with this."  and "I've had a lot worse."

What are your takes on these midwestern compliments?   What others do you use?  
"Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and the blind can see." Mark Twain

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  • wddodgewddodge Senior Member Posts: 1,122 Senior Member
    "That's not too shabby"

    "That'll pass muster"

    And the old standby "That couldn't be any better even with ketchup"

    All of them have gotten me in trouble now and then.

    Denny
    Participating in a gun buy back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.... Clint Eastwood
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,159 Senior Member
    In Texas, that's what is known as a left handed compliment.  Don't come down here and use one of those.  You may not like the response you get.
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Posts: 7,793 Senior Member
    It makes it seem like you think her cooking is OK, but could could be better. I would rather tell her the truth, and why I didn't like it, than tell my wife her food was simply "OK."
    JOE MCCARTHY WAS RIGHT:
    THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE NEW COMMUNISTS!
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,205 Senior Member
    One of my favorites, "Well I'm not in the bathroom pukin' so it must have been pretty good."
    It's never been received very well outside of the military 🤔

    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience -- Mark Twain
    How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and [how] hard it is to undo that work again! -- Mark Twain

  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,205 Senior Member
    "I'm not much for roadkill surprise but that $&*! wasn't bad."
    Again, no appreciation for artistic expression. I always get lectured afterwards. 😏
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience -- Mark Twain
    How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and [how] hard it is to undo that work again! -- Mark Twain

  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    Always answer "It's the best I've ever had!" 

    After the second or third time the recipient will get just as pissy if you said their food sucks outright. 
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,717 Senior Member
    That'll do pig.

    Funny and cute in the movie, not so much when you try to be cute at home... :scream:
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 3,938 Senior Member
    “That’ll make a turd..” 😳
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,561 Senior Member
    "Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick"
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 6,624 Senior Member
    We share cooking duties, especially since her hours have changed with the new position she started at the beginning of the school year.  Mrs.Cgg generally knows her way around the kitchen, but there are certain things she knows well enough not to mess with... just like I know not to voice my thoughts when she gets an idea to try one of them, even though she knows she shouldn't.  😉

    That said, telling her that "This wasn't near as bad as last time."  Is guaranteed to put me on the no fly list for a good long while.  Not that I would ever say that. 

    Again. 
    "Bipartisan" usually means that a bigger than normal deception is happening.
    George Carlin
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,205 Senior Member
    "I'll let you know when it comes out but it's looking good so far."
    Hey, sometimes it takes a while to formulate these opinions.
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience -- Mark Twain
    How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and [how] hard it is to undo that work again! -- Mark Twain

  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,205 Senior Member
    Another one that gets the death stare is, "Do you want my honest opinion?"
    :D
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience -- Mark Twain
    How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and [how] hard it is to undo that work again! -- Mark Twain

  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,104 Senior Member
    edited February 2020 #14
    knitepoet said:
    "Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick"
    Beats a poke in the eye with a mascara brush.
    But yea, As JerryBobCo says, its a "left handed compliment" - use with caution!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,317 Senior Member
    The first time my "bride-to-be"  made me dinner it was braised lamb shanks, duck pate', and seltzer water.

    The next day my sister inquired about the menu.

    I told her, "Sheep feet, liver jello, and the nastiest  water I've ever had in my life."

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,717 Senior Member
    The first time my "bride-to-be"  made me dinner it was braised lamb shanks, duck pate', and seltzer water.

    The next day my sister inquired about the menu.

    I told her, "Sheep feet, liver jello, and the nastiest  water I've ever had in my life."

    Mike
    🤣🤣🤣
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,717 Senior Member
    In my best George Carlin...

    Did you make this?  Is there a picture in the cookbook?  I’ll betcha it don’t look like this... 

    🤣🤣🤣
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,292 Senior Member
    It took a year or two for my wife to realize I do that as well. We make a joke of it now. If something is very tasty we always say, "this doesn't suck" now.
    Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
    Winston Churchill
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,132 Senior Member
    "This is almost as good as your sister's!"
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,205 Senior Member
    You're almost as good as your sister...

    (wait for it)

    ... at cooking.
    😁
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience -- Mark Twain
    How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and [how] hard it is to undo that work again! -- Mark Twain

  • RaftermanRafterman New Member Posts: 261 Member
    Jay said:
    “That’ll make a turd..” 😳

    This was the standard comment at the firehouse. It's a compliment because you have to eat it in order to make one. Don't like it? Great. What are you cooking next shift?
  • bellcatbellcat Senior Member Posts: 1,929 Senior Member
    Spk said:
    You're almost as good as your sister...

    (wait for it)

    ... at cooking.
    😁
    Wow!  Not even going there!
    "Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and the blind can see." Mark Twain
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,104 Senior Member
    Rafterman said:
    Jay said:
    “That’ll make a turd..” 😳

    This was the standard comment at the firehouse. It's a compliment because you have to eat it in order to make one. Don't like it? Great. What are you cooking next shift?

    "Moose Turd Pie!"
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
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