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  •  OT but I need feedback - (3+ / 0-)
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    risasperson, rennert, IM

    my husband's friend, a "sane" republican, well, sometimes, socially liberal but fiscally conservative, and I volley back and forth occasionally via e-mail.  After our most recent exchange, I told him he was a "formidable foe", thinking I was complimenting him on being a worthy opponent.  He took it as an insult and chastised me for degrading myself by calling him my foe.  Now I know "foe" literally means enemy and I don't think of "Mike" as an enemy, but I thought the term formidable foe meant you respected your adversary's skill in battle.  I've known him for decades and I was pretty sure he knew my sense of humor.  Was I out of line or is he just touchy about Romney losing?  If I owe Mike an apology, I'll give him one.  

    I bought a hoodie to show solidarity with Trayvon Martin, but nobody notices me.

    by shades at midnite on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 06:35:21 PM PST

    •  you were fine (2+ / 0-)
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      risasperson, IM

      "Formidable foe" was a nice thing to say.  If I were arguing with someone, I'd be flattered to be called that. Tell him I said so! And if it helps, you can also say that you admired his vigorous arguments. But to recap: you were fine.

    •  Foe (3+ / 0-)
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      risasperson, rennert, TX Freethinker

      My dictionary (Webster's New World 1956) defines foe as "an enemy; opponent." But I think "formidable (or worthy) adversary" is perhaps more commonly used than "formidable (or worthy) foe"

      Many of our Republican friends are depressed or angry.  They'll get over it around Christmas.

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