Now theoretically this could have been some kind of dead-pan humor and way to actually compliment me, but his tone didn't suggest that.
(Other remote theory is that he considered me gaunt and emaciated compared to an average Greek or Cypriot woman. I don't buy that for a minute, since I refuse to give in that kind of ethnic stereotyping.)
I really should have smacked him. (In a dearly loving kind of way.)