Hi Every body:
Please help me in arranging these sentences according Leech's maxims of politeness from most polite to least polite:
A. What do you think of my new haircut ?
1. Did you cut it yourself?
2. Your hair looks terrible.
3. I think you should change your hairdresser.
4. The old haircut suits you better.
Here is what I've done:
4 - 3 - 1 - 2
I need to know whether it is correct or not. Thank you
None of those are particularly polite. I think the order you have them in is correct. I can't decide if I'd put (1) in second place or third, however. It seems like that might flow more naturally in conversation:
What do you think of my new hair style?
Um, I liked the old one better. Did you cut it yourself?
Then maybe you'd better change hair stylists.