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Think of a unit of measurement.

Now rearrange its letters and read them out loud to form a sentence (an example would be u r a b, meaning "You are a bee"). Make sure the sentence compliments someone on their appearance.

Now, what is the word? What is the sentence?

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  • $\begingroup$ @user1717828 The title does not show anything the orignal puzzle-question wasn't asking as well. I think it was a good and appropriate edit. +1 actually. $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Jun 14 '16 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ Was the accepted answer your intended one, or where you thinking on something else? Just curious. I do think it (currently) is the best answer, though. $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Jun 14 '16 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ @BmyGuest it was the intended answer, although the second answer is pretty great as well. $\endgroup$ – fi12 Jun 14 '16 at 17:22
  • $\begingroup$ In the interests of documenting a puzzle's author and earlier publication: this was an NPR Sunday Puzzle, published in the 12 June 2016 entry of Blaine's Puzzle Blog, where it is credited to Andrew Chaikin of San Francisco. puzzles.blainesville.com/2016/06/… $\endgroup$ – Rosie F Jul 10 '16 at 13:01
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It could also be a

quart

Because

You are a cutie! (u r a q t)

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    $\begingroup$ Sometimes, a great answer redeems a dull riddle.. $\endgroup$ – Roland Jun 14 '16 at 1:09
  • $\begingroup$ +1 I prefer this answer, since it describes appearance better than the other answer. $\endgroup$ – Inazuma Jun 14 '16 at 1:26
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    $\begingroup$ @Roland the riddle would be ok if not for the misleading title $\endgroup$ – Kujua Jun 14 '16 at 1:44
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    $\begingroup$ If this is the right answer, I think the question needs reworked - I got this answer immediately, in part because the sentence only differs from the example by one "word". $\endgroup$ – user812786 Jun 14 '16 at 11:47
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Yet another possibility is

Furlong

Which becomes

fnlurog

Pronounced "effin' 'ell, you are O.G.!"

Wikipedia says that O.G., or original gangster:
'may refer to an individual (regardless of criminal affiliation) who represents ideals the speaker sees as Gangster and generally "tough" or "hood" in behavior and/or looks as well as a connection to the past or being older; commonly used as a sign of respect.'.

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    $\begingroup$ Up voting this because it is most certainly not what the OP had in mind :-) $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Jun 14 '16 at 6:11
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the unit could be

The Lux, the SI unit of illuminance and luminous emittance
and the sentence "U X L" (You excel)

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  • $\begingroup$ that was fast..did you already know the answer to that? $\endgroup$ – fi12 Jun 14 '16 at 0:10
  • $\begingroup$ No, it's just the first unit with a "U" that have crossed my mind $\endgroup$ – Fabich Jun 14 '16 at 0:12
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    $\begingroup$ I'm enjoying the irony of someone called "Lord of dark" coming up with this particular answer, but how is this a compliment on the hearer's appearance specifically? $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jun 14 '16 at 11:27
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan I'm not sure, I guess you can excel physically. But the "quart" answer in way better anyway ;) $\endgroup$ – Fabich Jun 14 '16 at 11:41
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan Guess what: the first part of your comment is what attracts upvotes!!! $\endgroup$ – EKons Jun 16 '16 at 8:38
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It could also be

cubit

which becomes

i c b u t (I see beauty)

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    $\begingroup$ Or, icubt, I see you, beauty $\endgroup$ – Conor O'Brien Jun 15 '16 at 4:18
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    $\begingroup$ Not "I see butt?" $\endgroup$ – Philipp Jun 15 '16 at 16:12
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    $\begingroup$ @CᴏɴᴏʀO'Bʀɪᴇɴ -- wouldn't that be "I see you, beety"? $\endgroup$ – BenM Jun 16 '16 at 1:29
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    $\begingroup$ @BenM Say it with an Australian accent? $\endgroup$ – Conor O'Brien Jun 16 '16 at 1:34
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    $\begingroup$ @CᴏɴᴏʀO'Bʀɪᴇɴ - yeah, no. We still pronounce B as "Bee" $\endgroup$ – Thomo Jun 16 '16 at 11:39
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it could also be

mole (it is the unit of measurement for amount of substance)

because

and the sentence is "M L E O"(AM LEO)

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