I come from a family where we prefer good-natured insults to compliments.
Father: “Ah, you’re looking more lovely than ever my dear.”
Mother: “Stupid boy! What have you been drinking?”
Taiwanese also seem pretty restrained in receiving compliments.
Here are some I have used with the better half. One of them was a bare-faced lie; can you guess which one?
You make living in this shithole worthwhile.
I really enjoy watching you walk.
My God, you’ve got the body of a teenager!
You’re better looking than your younger sister.
Since we’ve been together, I have become a better person.
(translation for blokes: Since we’ve been together, I have drunk less and gotten into fewer fist fights)
Darling, If I had a choice between scoring the winning try for New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup, or going with you to your parents’ place over Chinese New Year I’d choose you every time.
Have you got any good compliments to share?