I just met an old (gay) gentleman from the island who taught me a valuable lesson about (incredible) verbal efficiency. He stopped me in the middle of the street to tell me this:
“Your mother used to be so incredibly beautiful when she was young! And you look so much like your dad.”
Basically, in one short sentence he managed to:
- Offend my mother and say that she USED to be beautiful and now she is just an old rag
- Offend my dad and say that while mom at least WAS beautiful, he is ….. ugly
- Offend me and tell me that I am unfortunately as ugly as my dad.
The worst thing is that I believe he actually wanted to say something charming.
P.S. I am not fishing for compliments! Just found this.... actually charming.