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    Question Tall, dark and handsome

    Hi, pals,

    I have a query :)

    - Is the phrase "tall, dark and handsome" American, or is it used by the British speakers too?

    -What if a man is very good-looking but not dark and not tall :) ? Can one say that he is "tall, dark and handsome" anyway?

    - Is this phrase slangish, colloquial or neutral? What shall I use if I want, for instance, to tell my male friend (not a boyfriend:) that he looks gorgeous, in neutral words ?

    Hope the questions are not too strange ;)
    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Tall, dark and handsome

    Quote Originally Posted by Curious Cat
    Hi, pals,

    I have a query :)

    - Is the phrase "tall, dark and handsome" American, or is it used by the British speakers too?

    -What if a man is very good-looking but not dark and not tall :) ? Can one say that he is "tall, dark and handsome" anyway?

    - Is this phrase slangish, colloquial or neutral? What shall I use if I want, for instance, to tell my male friend (not a boyfriend:) that he looks gorgeous, in neutral words ?

    Hope the questions are not too strange ;)
    Thanks in advance

    Dark, tall and handsome
    is a cliche and yes, it is used a lot in N. America. I imagine the same applies to Britain. I guess it's just a staple phrase to discribe a guy that falls into the "hottie", "cutie", "eye candy" category but it's not to say that a guy with blond hair and medium height can't be just as hot!

    Dark, tall and handsome seems to be quite neutral to me. You can just say that your friend is a good looking guy, you find him very attractive or you think he's got a very pleasing appearance.


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    Re: Tall, dark and handsome

    Thanks, Marylin, this is helpful. I think I'll continue to improve my skills of paying compliments to men

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    Re: Tall, dark and handsome

    It's used in British English.

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    Re: Tall, dark and handsome

    Quote Originally Posted by Curious Cat
    Thanks, Marylin, this is helpful. I think I'll continue to improve my skills of paying compliments to men
    You are welcome. Nothing wrong with telling a guy he is good looking, especially when he is a real hunk!

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    Re: Tall, dark and handsome

    Nothing wrong with telling a guy he is good looking, especially when he isn't.

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    Re: Tall, dark and handsome

    Hee hee Thanks a lot, people.


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    Re: Tall, dark and handsome

    Thanks folks for your help.
    However, it's quite interesting that our Vietnamese Lang also has this kind of compliment for men.
    Coincidence !!!

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    Re: Tall, dark and handsome

    Would you translate the Vietnamese phrase in English for us? That would be interesting to know how people from different cultures compliment their men


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    Yeah, the expression is word-by-word translated as : tall, big, dark and stinking !.
    The meaning of the whole sentence is to compliment a man is nice, good-looking but a little bit dump (a country guy).
    Last edited by tot2ivn; 14-Jul-2005 at 03:52.

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