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20-40-60 Etiquette: What should I say to a compliment?

How do I respond gracefully when a person compliments me? 20-40-60 Etiquette answers, with Yvette Walker as guest.
by Helen Ford Wallace and Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: November 24, 2012
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GUEST'S ANSWER: Yvette Walker, The Oklahoman Night News Director and University of Central Oklahoma Media Ethics Chair: Repeat after me. “Thank you.” That's it. Oh yes, and smile.

I, too, find it difficult to accept compliments without embellishing my answer and saying where I got the dress, or the haircut or the shoes. None of that is necessary unless the one giving the compliment asks for additional information. Nor is it necessary to compliment the complimenter in return. That usually feels fake, anyway, doesn't it?

So remember, the answer to a compliment is just two little words and a smile. Thank you.

Callie Gordon is twenty-something, Lillie-Beth Brinkman is in her 40s, and social columnist Helen Ford Wallace is 60-plus. You'll also find a guest answer. To ask an etiquette question, email helen.wallace@cox.net. For more 20-40-60 etiquette, go to blog.newsok.com/partiesextra.

by Helen Ford Wallace
Society Editor
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for...
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by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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