Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. supada's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Thai
      • Home Country:
      • Thailand
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Oct 2008
    • Posts: 1,280
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    How to call this...

    Hello,

    I wonder how to call this kind of person.

    He/she will never act according to what he/she really think; for example,

    A : Hey, you see that guy in the corner? He is hot!
    B : Oh.. not really. Just a little less than average (but actually she's thinking about how to approach him and get his cell number.)

    After having homemade cooking,
    A : How was my food?
    B : Oh! It's terrific food I've ever had! (But she's actually thinking that 'Darn! It was soooo bitter!)

    Is there any specific expression for this kind of person in English?

    Please let me know.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jan 2008
    • Posts: 2,944
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: How to call this...

    Not honest
    Not for real
    Two-faced
    Evasive

  2. supada's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Thai
      • Home Country:
      • Thailand
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Oct 2008
    • Posts: 1,280
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: How to call this...

    Thank you, susiedqq. I get it. : )

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Oct 2008
    • Posts: 907
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: How to call this...

    Dear Supada:

    Another way to characterize the person in your first example is to say, "She plays her cards close to the vest." This implies that the person does not reveal her opinions/intentions easily. It does not have the same connotation as the very useful terms suggested by susiedqq; it is more neutral in tone.
    [The reference is to a card player who never lets the other players see her cards.]

    The person in the second example could also just be called polite. It all depends on the intention of the speaker.
    Other possibilities might be: tactful, considerate. (These are positive traits.)
    If it's a person who flatters another in hopes of gaining something from that person, there are the colorful terms toady, kiss-up, sycophant. (There are lots more of these. I will leave it to others to add to the list.)

    Best wishes,

    Petra

  3. supada's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Thai
      • Home Country:
      • Thailand
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Oct 2008
    • Posts: 1,280
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: How to call this...

    Million thanks, Petra.

    What you added above is very good enough for me. : )

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 13-Jan-2008, 17:42
  2. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 19-Oct-2006, 08:28
  3. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 30-Dec-2005, 04:23
  4. nuisance call
    By Itasan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-Jul-2005, 03:57
  5. Using call waiting feature
    By HaraKiriBlade in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 14-Jun-2005, 07:55

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •