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 SouthBayNative
Joined: 10/15/2010
Msg: 49
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Right, plus this gal had an awesome mustache to boot. So I mean come on--that's just handsome!

Well, I have a lovely mustache too but no one's ever called me handsome.
 Simon4567
Joined: 10/9/2010
Msg: 50
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 11/8/2010 9:46:02 PM

Well, I have a lovely mustache too but no one's ever called me handsome.


Maybe you just haven't met the right guy yet.
 DudeistPriest
Joined: 3/30/2009
Msg: 51
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 11/8/2010 10:19:10 PM
It's to old school to have any context in our times.
Like The Flintstones having "..a gay old time."
Kinda makes you wonder exactly what went on at those Water Buffalo Lodge meetings......
 Doublecheck
Joined: 10/16/2010
Msg: 52
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 11/9/2010 7:50:28 AM
Do you still say He is a gay fellow to mean he is happy? Ditch handsome gal. No upside for you, and why risk insulting her?
 Doublecheck
Joined: 10/16/2010
Msg: 53
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 11/9/2010 7:51:09 AM
Dear sir, you are very pretty.
 Smarts and Heart
Joined: 12/15/2009
Msg: 54
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 11/9/2010 8:01:15 AM
I can understand what you mean, but sometimes tact has to take precedence. In some bygone eras the use of the word handsome to describe women with certain characteristics may have been acceptable, but as you can gather that time has passed.

It would be far smarter of you to use the word "attractive" to describe a woman who isn't a conventional "beauty". Attractive, encompasses a wider variety of looks.
 Halcyon_Skies
Joined: 2/1/2009
Msg: 55
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 11/9/2010 8:34:58 AM

Nice little experiment.
I'll use that term in my next "first message" and see how it's met.


Better first make sure you change your profile to say you are seeking men.
 damassteel
Joined: 7/22/2009
Msg: 56
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Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 11/9/2010 11:44:19 AM
At my age, I sometimes see attractive younger guys and I do in fact think of some of them as "pretty", as they don't really strike me as "handsome"; as in having more rugged chiseled features and possessing a slightly more feminine tinge.
I can see the same thing in reverse for women who may not embody classically regarded feminine beauty, but still are very good looking.
 melissa0607
Joined: 2/12/2009
Msg: 57
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Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 11/9/2010 12:32:44 PM
Funny timing on this being brought back to life. I was watching Two and half men last night and one of the men called Charlie's mother handsome.

I myself would prefer not to be called that as it has over time become more of a masculine term than not. Then again, I prefer to be called beautiful as opposed to hot. Most everything has a place and a time. All in all I believe it is meant to be a positive whether it is taken that way or not.
 jezebellpgh
Joined: 2/3/2010
Msg: 58
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 11/9/2010 4:39:52 PM
What's the new word for an ugly guy of any age?
 CynthiaSMW
Joined: 9/20/2010
Msg: 59
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 11/9/2010 5:59:41 PM
OT "amen"

I've been called handsome before. Since I do have a more masculine face (but NO mustache!) I took it as a compliment.
 CheezyChick
Joined: 9/23/2009
Msg: 60
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 11/9/2010 6:40:14 PM
I'm pretty sure I wouldn't immediately defer to the dictionary meaning of the word, as pleasant as it is....and more than likely 'not' appreciate or take it as a compliment...handsome sounds manly to me, regardless of actual meaning...
 RushLuv
Joined: 4/16/2009
Msg: 61
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 11/9/2010 6:50:14 PM

What's the new word for an ugly guy of any age?


I'll let you know when I think of it, and I'll be sure to put it in the urbandictionary.
 VivaciousVixen2010
Joined: 7/12/2008
Msg: 62
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 11/9/2010 11:30:17 PM
handsome means strong facial features, , thin not curvy, usually tall with long hair and no makeup. it was commonly used for over 100 years in the 1800's until WWII. As long as you don't call her gay. Just a joke. Gay meant happy until the early 1950's not homosexual.
GEESH!
 BlueTeaPot
Joined: 6/25/2011
Msg: 63
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 7/5/2011 11:18:33 PM
go for it....Amen!
 Slain1988
Joined: 10/5/2010
Msg: 64
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 7/6/2011 2:03:46 AM
wow really well my first guess would be ur in the closet but hey to each his own. calling a girl handsome is like telling her hey baby i love ur 5 o clock shadow wanna go back to my place and see whose****is bigger. seriously guys even if u dont mean it just be like ur cute i mean really its not hard u guys act like we r so difficult to figure out we really arent we just wanna feel appreciated . calling us handsome thats like calling us a man or a dike even if u dont wanna be mean just be like u look nice. however if she STRONGLY looks like a man chances are ur gunna be the catcher . so look for the care package and if the is none then say u look nice if there is u could either try something new or run like hell to the nearest bar and start drinking.
 Sportsfreak89
Joined: 12/28/2010
Msg: 65
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 7/6/2011 10:30:02 AM
I don't know about anyone else but in my family if we call a woman "handsome" it usually means she isn't good looking at all.
 mr_ultimo
Joined: 6/26/2011
Msg: 66
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 7/6/2011 10:41:24 AM
No problem with calling a woman handsome as long as you're okay with us calling you pretty....
 unspoiled
Joined: 9/25/2011
Msg: 67
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Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 10/18/2011 6:20:06 PM
I like using the word "comely" to throw them off.
 larissan04
Joined: 8/11/2011
Msg: 68
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 10/18/2011 6:58:33 PM
yes, you can use this word to describe a woman. it's sort of an archaic old english sort of usage, but yes, you can use it. why you would get in trouble for it is beyond me. people that are poorly educated and do not read are often offended by words they subtly do not grasp. it's pretty humorous, imo, and in truth, it tells me all i need to know about a person.
 kcladyz
Joined: 8/7/2009
Msg: 69
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 10/19/2011 4:04:17 PM
I would not be offended but its usally a masculine term so its best to say it in better terms like " you look nice today"
 VirtuallyLove
Joined: 9/8/2011
Msg: 70
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 10/19/2011 4:28:25 PM
"Handsome" is fine. Just don't ever call a guy "cute"!
 cin____dy
Joined: 8/21/2011
Msg: 71
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 10/19/2011 9:47:23 PM
That is just wrong. You should have not said anything that is just bad manners. That is like calling a man, lovely or pretty well those aren't even as bad as a woman being called handsome!!
 Archangel_07
Joined: 6/21/2010
Msg: 72
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 10/19/2011 10:22:25 PM
I think it just doesn't sound right. It's like calling her a man calling her handsome. I'd prefer calling her beautiful or stunning.
 RichenLosAngeles
Joined: 11/14/2010
Msg: 73
Is it Wrong to call a woman handsome?
Posted: 10/20/2011 11:28:58 AM
The use of words is always changing, back and forth, round and round. Commonly used words become unfashionable, and we don't want to seem like a dinosaur, so we drop them too.
If I'm in a bad mood and some cheerful twit walks up and says "How are you today?" I might answer "Swell!" , a common expression some decades ago, but they look at me , like, "Huh?"
These days it's easier to say that a woman is good looking, rather than handsome, and leave it at that.
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