Post # 1
I may have an overactive b.s. detector, but I get totally turned off by overly flowery language– especially when it involves mixed metaphors– and I was wondering if any of you bees do too. Don’t take this too seriously– it’s cool if you enjoy flowery language. It’s just not for me! My SO’s proposal was perfect because it was simple, direct, and sweet. But if he started telling me that I was the “wind beneath his wings” as well as his “anchor,” his “compass,” or any other nautical device, it would be a real turn-off. Hyperbole is also irritating to me. If he told me that when he saw me, his heart melted, skipped a beat, or stopped, I would just be thinking, “No, IT DID NOT. If your heart melted, buddy, you’d be dead.” Please do not think I’m going to believe that I’m the only reason that your heart beats or that you breathe. That’s called survival instinct, and I truly hope you’d be able to continue to do it if anything ever happened to me. Some flowery language just smells like bad poetry to me– it’s artificial. It’s like he’s saying “I don’t know how I really feel, but instead of trying to work it out, I’m going to describe to you what I think a cliched, ten-cent romance novel interaction would involve.” I feel condescended to when it seems like a man is ripping off a tired, old Hallmark cliche and isn’t really telling me what he, personally, feels or thinks. You know what I mean? But he’s trying, so I give him a kiss, anyway. 😉
Post # 3
It depends on how they say it and if it feels natural and goes with their personality, I dated a guy who was big on poetry and he was constantly quoting shakespeare and saying lovey dovey stuff, I liked it because it was his actual personality and seemed natural. I do love old romance and love letters like the ones featured in the Sex and the City movie.. My fave line from the sex and the city movie is the quote from Beethover “Ever thine, Ever mine, Ever ours”
Post # 4
I voted slap him… what i would actually do is shove him and call him a nerd and laugh….
Post # 5
I would slap him and vomit a little in my mouth.
Post # 6
Whenever I hear flowery language it always makes me feel like I’m being hustled by a man. When I was in college there were these guy who used their smooth talking ability (mostly flowery language) to get girls into bed.
Post # 7
I would just laugh. Laugh, laugh, laugh, and leave the room. I can’t take fake-y compliments seriously. I’d rather hear ‘your ass looks great in those jeans’ than a Shakespeare quote he doesn’t even understand.
Post # 8
@bells: That makes sense– I can see flowery language being sincere if that’s just the guy’s personality and he’s into Shakespeare and poetry in general.
@maureen9004: “Hustled” is a good word for it– that’s exactly how I feel when it seems forced!
@indibee: I agree! Compliment me on my ass any day– ha ha!
Post # 9
Haha! FH uses his own “flowery language” He’s from the south and has a thick southern accent that I always tease him about. We also joke that he’s such a redneck so he will tell me things like, “You’re prettier than a case of natty” or “I love you more than the specials at Walmart” I enjoy it.
Post # 10
“Laugh my ass off” should be an option.
Post # 11
My Fiance says things like that sometimes. Not quite as bad, but silly little puns that are super corny. He’s such a dork 🙂 it makes me laugh
Post # 13
hehe, i usually just laugh at him. hubs isn’t very good at expressing himself romantically, so if he says anything over the top it’s usually meant in a kind of tongue-in-cheek way. the sweetest thing i think he’s ever said was pretty simple–a couple years ago his fave football team won the superbowl and he said “this is the best day…but you’re the best part of every day.”
Post # 14
I would barf! But not because of flowery language…I am actually ok with flowery language if it is truly beautiful and original. The greater offense to me is using cliches!! THAT’S what’s cheesy about it to me. Especially in a romantic moment. Ugh.
Post # 15
Haha, that sounds like the worst pick-up line ever.
Post # 16
I voted vomit in my mouth, but really I’d give him “the look” (the “you are so stupid sometimes” look) and roll my eyes. Besides the fact that he would NEVER say anything like that EVER. Psh. His proposal ended with “Will you?” Lol.