This is what one bloggingheads commentator said to the other. Was the speaker-listener combo (a) man to man, (b) man to woman, (c) woman to man, or (d) woman to woman?
As you can guess, woman to woman. After I wrote this post, I listened to the rest of the dialog. The phrase was repeated several times.
It’s a standard compliment, yes. Sure, women compliment each other like this and men don’t. But I think it is an example of another underlying rule that I can’t figure out.
More I hadn’t noticed that the title of the conversation is “We’re All So Easy to Hate”.