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Chan790 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-22-07 09:01 PM
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68. I'm with Rabrrrrrr on this one.
The word "nice" is one of the most useless words in the entire language...it's so non-specific as to be almost completely meaningless. It's usually used to cover weakness of expression of an idea, usually in one of two forms: "I can't think of an inoffensive way of saying I dislike this or why so I'm going to say "nice" because it prevents any attempt to pin me down to what I think" or "I can't explain why I like it so I'm going to say it's nice".

While there are significant flaws to portions of the OP, I cannot argue with being irritated by being called "nice". I don't think anybody has a right to be mean, but saying "I don't think we have anything in common." or "You're not what I'm looking for." or "I just don't think we have chemistry." or even something as brutal as "I'm just not attracted to you." isn't mean (because it's precise). It's simply firm. "Nice" on the other hand can mean anything from "I think you're swell but I'm not interested to having sex with you" to "That joke you told during dinner makes me suspect that you're a closet pedophile, but I don't want to be mean; I just want you to go away." This non-firmness is daunting in its' vastness in the universe of ideas. In this way, "nice" is a lot meaner.
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