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2013/02/25
4:09am
Raffee
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What is the connotation of ‘Got flattered!’ when said in reply to a compliment? Is it a usual answer for taking compliments?

2013/02/25
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I haven’t ever heard such a response. I wouldn’t be sure how to understand it fully. It doesn’t sound right.

I would probably conclude that the response was an attempt be self-effacing by saying that the compliment was not fully deserved and was tantamount to flattery.

2013/02/25
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I’ve never heard it either, but my first take was that it was a play on that “Got milk?” advertising campaign. In that case, the response would be “Got milk!” So perhaps the “Got flattered!” was a response to just getting a compliment. However, I suspect that would be more an American usage. Don’t know if that milk ad runs anywhere else. My two cents anyway.

 

2013/02/25
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I have never heard it. The one I often hear is ‘I am flattered.’

2013/02/26
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So, that’s ‘I’m flattered’. No negative connotations?

2013/02/26
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Not negative. Actually it’s a way to be nice to the other person, like, ‘your opinions count for a lot, that’s why I am flattered by your attention.’

But it surely is negative when a woman uses ‘Im flattered, but…’ to turn away a suitor, as a way to be gentle. But that is too close to home here.

2013/02/28
2:58am
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Robert said 

 But that is too close to home here.

You mean it’s regional, yeah? (And maybe less than regional!)

2013/02/28
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It’s not regional. “Too close to home” is an idiom that means it is uncomfortably personal.

E.g.

Your comments hit too close to home.

I can’t discuss Alzheimer’s: it’s too close to home.

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