I once tried to complement a (female) friend of mine by telling her that she has “strong legs” (because when we go swimming together her leg stroke is at least 30% more effective than mine). But, as it turns out, this is not the kind of compliment that most women like to hear. Long, yes. Thin, yes. Strong, no. Now I know.

Funny thing: today she repaid the compliment by remarking that, while cycling together, she noticed that my legs had gotten visibly stronger. But somehow my macho-ego would have preferred to hear the same thing in reference to my upper body. Oh well, I guess we still have to learn how to compliment each other. 😉