A [man] said, "I don't know whether to [curtsy] or cry."

Daffodil100

Senior Member
Chinese
(Material Girl- British TV drama)

Four people came to a party swarmed with celebrities. They spotted a beautiful girl, and a man said, "She is the belle of the ball. I don't whether to curtsy or cry."

As I knew, curtsy is generally made by women, but why did the man say that? I guess he was half joking. Am I correct?

Thanks!
 
  • Matching Mole

    Senior Member
    England, English
    Which character said this? Was it one of the gay characters? Gay men, and particularly those characterized in fiction, may refer to feminine actions or roles in respect to themselves (this may be done ironically or playfully). It seems likely that this is what is happening here.
     

    Daffodil100

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    Panjandrum and Matching Mole:

    Thank you very much for your responses. Yes, Matching Mole, you are right. The man is a gay. I just thought of it.

    No wonder he used "curtsy".
     
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