Today I have a somewhat funny but serious question:

What medium soft flattery can you say to women without it being interpreted as "sexual harassment" or coming out too strong.

e.g. can you say sweety or is it too intimate?

  • Whatever you do, don't call a woman handsome... – Micah Windsor May 23 at 14:54
  • @MicahWindsor okay , sorry :)) corrected the question – Max Muster May 23 at 14:58
  • You should ask "without being called out for sexual harassment". "turn on" may not be the right words there. – AIQ May 23 at 15:13
  • @AIQ thank you for your answer, but I am shocked, I think this is not normal, there should be minimum 5 steps between "turn on" and "sexual harassment" – Max Muster May 23 at 15:18
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    I'm not sure this is a question that can really be answered properly here. What is acceptable or not depends on so many factors, including your personality, tone of voice, the recipient's personality, level of familiarity and past interactions, age, relative age difference, setting/environment, culture and region. My advice to a non-native speaker is not to try to be fancy: play it safe. Say exactly and only what you mean. – TypeIA May 23 at 15:42

You could notice she's had her hair done. Or maybe comment on her new shoes. Better make these 'throw away' comments in passing in case it comes off weird.

Try to remember a person's name and use it.

Smile. I wouldn't say sweety but's just me.

Be happy and look interested. Difficult if you are unhappy and bored stressed out of your head.

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