You look tired.
Now that's just about the most ridiculous thing to ever say to a woman.
If she's out and about and does happen to be tired, there's a 99.9% chance she did her best to NOT look all that wiped out before she walked out the door. Brushed her hair. Got out of those flannel pants. Maybe even put on a little makeup to try to brighten her tired eyes.
Why in the world would she want to hear that all her efforts were in vain?
And what about that possibility that she isn't really tired? Why then you've just told her how bad she looks when she probably thought she might be looking pretty good that day. Fabulous.
Why, then, is it acceptable to make that statement (sometimes qualified by a question like, "the boys been keeping you up?" or "are you getting enough sleep these days?")? It seems a bit odd to me.
We would never dream of saying to someone, "You're looking a bit chubby today. You must be eating well these days."
I just don't get it.