It doesn’t happen very often that my writing gets cut to shit in public. I assume that this is because most people are too polite and can appreciate the effort, regardless. But it does happen and it happened to me, the other day, by a known bully, however – at his house.
At a well chosen moment in a conversation getting underway with enough likeminded admirers around him – obviously – the bully said,
It could be that my English isn’t so good, but I didn’t understand what your book is about. There were words in there I didn’t know and your sentences are too complicated for me.
I thanked him for his candor. I told him that I too thought his English wasn’t that great, but that he had been brave to try.