If the most powerful man in the world said you were beautiful, would you mind?
Apparently yes, if you work with him on a professional basis - as United States President Barack Obama found out to his chagrin earlier this month.
He had introduced California Attorney-General Kamala Harris at a fund-raiser as "the best-looking attorney-general in the country".
To the President, and probably to most casual bystanders, it was an inconsequential compliment, especially coming after a string of other work-related praise.
But the comment offended Ms Harris' office and set off a firestorm of debate in the US - granted it was a slow news day - over whether Mr Obama's words were sexist and inappropriate.
Some observers argued that in a normal work setting, Mr Obama's remarks might even be considered sexual harassment.
Mr Obama has since apologised to Ms Harris and said the incident was
a "teaching moment" for him, a father of two daughters.
Storm in a teacup aside, it also serves as a timely reminder for the rest of us: that words or actions meant to innocently flatter can sometimes be misinterpreted.