backhanded compliment

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backhanded compliment

Post by James Trotta » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:45 am

What are some examples of backhanded compliments?

"You're smarter than you look."
"You drive very well, for a woman."
"Your son is so handsome; he looks nothing like his dad!"
"Your plastic surgeon has such a delightful sense of humor!"

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Re: backhanded compliment

Post by Kyong Min » Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:01 pm

The salesgirl at the mall said the dress ‘surprisingly' looks good for a person with such figure. She thought the dress wouldn't look pretty on a plump person. What a backhanded compliment!

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Re: backhanded compliment

Post by Goeun Jeon » Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:45 am

When I bought a pair of jean, my brother jokingly paid me a backhanded compliment, saying "Your jean fits you very well. Really, your legs almost don't look like O shape in it!"

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Re: backhanded compliment

Post by 하주형 » Mon Mar 22, 2010 10:43 am

Backhanded compliments are pretty mean. Such as, your bangs look great, did you cut it yourself?

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Re: backhanded compliment

Post by lee geo wool » Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:20 am

Usually, sarcastic people give backhanded compliments. For example, "you look like a celebrity today. have you heard of ozzy osborn?"

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Re: backhanded compliment

Post by Han Dong Geol » Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:07 pm

My sister says i always gives her backhanded compliment about he cloth.

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Re: backhanded compliment

Post by Yun Heejeong » Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:32 pm

My little brother agonized to retake the college entrance examination this year. I
gave backhanded compliment about his business. My little brother is silently
sulking.

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Re: backhanded compliment

Post by EunhaHong524 » Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:00 pm

A fraudster tried to persuade me to join his club and I refused it. And he said “Your plastic operation was good, nobody can’t recognize it” I was just frustrated and sometimes thought it was a kind of a backhanded compliment.

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Re: backhanded compliment

Post by Eun-ji,Park » Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:34 pm

I thought what he said to me as just compliment.
But it was backhanded compliment.!!

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Re: backhanded compliment

Post by Jae Eun Lee » Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:06 pm

When Laura says something nice, she is just giving you a backhanded compliment. She never learned how to say nice, meaningful words to others.

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Re: backhanded compliment

Post by 한지웅 » Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:07 pm

A student in our class told the professor that he thinks that this lecture is the best thing ever but I heard him say in the men’s toilet that it was actually boring. I was quite shocked by his backhanded compliment.

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Re: backhanded compliment

Post by Bo-kyung, yoon » Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:24 pm

I often make fun of people. One day, I met a friend in the campus and his hair was waxy and gross because he hadn't washed his hair for three days !! So I gave a backhanded compliment to him. "Your hair is so shiny and glossy!"

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Re: backhanded compliment

Post by Yang Seung-Hoon » Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:31 pm

I never keep someone who give me backhanded compliment at hand.

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Re: backhanded compliment

Post by Shin Ye Sung » Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:35 pm

He was glad that she told him he is very manful. I think that is a backhanded compliment.

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Re: backhanded compliment

Post by Ye Suel Jung » Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:08 pm

I had a really bad handwritting, but my teacher said " Wow you did a good job. It's like beautiful earthworms". I could definitely recognize that's a backhanded compliment.

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