GMThomas wrote:I know what you're saying. I'm not sure how the words "cute" and "sweet" can be misconstrued, especially when they are deliberately complimenting me.
There are two kinds of "cute" that you're going to find girls talking about. One is "Oh me yarm! Johnny Depp is so cute! <3 <3" the other is "Aww, look at that cute little kid!" Maybe they're a little less polarized - an attractive, youthful looking boy can be both types of cute - but that's the general idea of it.
Important thing: I, and many other shyish girls, would only tell someone they were "cute" if I thought they were cute type B. I have some younger male friends who I'll call "cute" to their faces because they know I'm not interested in them, and because I call them "cute" they know for extra-sure I'm not interested. If there were any chance for confusion, I would never use that word. But perhaps your ladyfriends assumed you take their compliments to mean Cute type B?
Cliffs: unless it's accompanied by blushing and giggling, being called "cute" is a bad sign