Здравствуйте, друзья. Мне попалась интересная заметка от британца об особенностях употребления слов beautiful и handsome в описании внешности. Многие уверены, что при описании внешности человека слово «beautiful» применимо только к женщинам, а слово «handsome» — только к мужчинам. Давайте разбираться в нюансах. Статья на английском языке.
When describing physical appearance, it is normal to describe a girl as beautiful and a man as handsome.
Is it correct to call a man beautiful, and if so, when?
Is it possible to call a woman handsome?
It is acceptable with a woman, especially an older woman, to refer to her as a handsome woman, but you would never approach any woman and say directly to her, «You are handsome!». This is used only when talking to a third person or when describing a woman in a novel.
Younger women may be offended if you say they are handsome, so, if you wish to pay a compliment to a woman but you don’t want to suggest deeper feelings, say that she is attractive!
It is perfectly normal for a girl, in a tender moment for example, to tell her guy he is beautiful. It is also perfectly correct to use the word beautiful of a man when describing his personal attributes: he has beautiful eyes, beautiful muscles, a beautiful personality.
Two girls may look at their pop idol and agree that he is beautiful. That is fine, and it is perfectly normal!
If a heterosexual man looks at another man and says in all sincerity, «You are beautiful!», that is the moment the universe will implode!
1. «Handsome» can be attributed not only to a male, but also to a female. It is used in the case of an elegant older woman. You can describe an older woman as «handsome», when talking to someone else.
2. If you say to a woman that she is «handsome», she will be offended!
3. If you love a girl, tell her she is beautiful. If you wish to pay a compliment but you don’t love her, tell her she is attractive!
4. If you are a man, and you say to another man that he is beautiful, he will be offended.