a polite gesture

Discussion in 'English Only' started by swayingrass, May 11, 2008.

  1. swayingrass Senior Member

    When Linda said the Wangs were welcome to the dinner party tonight, it was only a polite gesture.

    Does "a polite gesture" sound idiomatic in the above? How can it be a polite gesture rather than a polite diplomacy? Thanks.
  2. Gordonedi

    Gordonedi Senior Member

    UK (Scotland) English
    The sentence is clear and idiomatic.
    An invitation and a welcome can be referred to as gestures.
    Linda's welcome was diplomatic. She was showing diplomacy.
    (In this context diplomacy does not take the indefinite article.)
  3. Moreover, I feel like the adjective "polite" does not make perfect sense when used together with "diplomacy" since the latter already suggests politeness.
  4. Nunty

    Nunty Modified

    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    A gesture is not only a movement with the hand or arm. It can also be a social act.

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