I find it an hilarious insult. 'You're beautiful... in profile.'
You're basically telling them they are pretty as long as they don't look straight at you. Which is the funniest way I've ever heard of saying someone's ugly.
does this literally mean, 'the outline of your body/face is beautiful'? or does it refer to a 'profile' as in - an online description / dating profile /facebook profile etc. If it means the latter, I believe the English translation is incorrect and implies the former.
It means only the former in Swedish. The latter would have to be expressed otherwise, like Du är vacker på din profilbild or something like that.
What does this even mean in English? :S in profile? I've never heard that before. Does it mean in person?
I guess it’s an expression which is more common in Swedish than in English.
I don't know that one would necessarily say "My, you are beautiful in profile!" as a common complement (that would be a very specific, flattering thing to say, or creepy, depending on the context!), but a beautiful profile is definitely a thing in English. It's a little poetic.
Not necessarily, it's pretty old fashioned it's true, dating back to a time when cameos and miniatures were in vogue, but as a photographer it's still something that I might say!
Does anyone else very clearly hear the normal-speed TTS pronounce the verb as "var"?
Yes! I do - not sure if I'm mishearing it or if it's meant to sound like that or if it's a problem with the TTS. (It is May 2017 just now - in case that helps with which TTS version people are using). Any thoughts?
"your profile is beautiful" was marked wrong. It certainly doesn't have the implied insult of the preferred translation. Does it catch the Swedish meaning of the sentence or is that also a bit rude like the given translation?
Yes, it's Din profil är vacker in Swedish. I think it works pretty much the same in both languages – if you put it that way, you run less risk of being rude. Unless you stress profil a little too much …
"You have a beautiful profile" should be accepted as well. It has the same meaning and uses the same words but in a different order. And as an added bonus, it also works in English!