Discuss idioms and slang from different English speaking countries.
- Site Admin
- Posts: 1140
- Joined: Fri Jun 18, 2004 10:08 am
- Location: South Korea
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!"
- Posts: 49
- Joined: Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:55 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!
- Posts: 43
- Joined: Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:23 pm
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!"
- Posts: 48
- Joined: Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:08 am
Backhanded compliments are pretty mean. Such as, your bangs look great, did you cut it yourself?
lee geo wool
- Posts: 50
- Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2010 10:29 am
Usually, sarcastic people give backhanded compliments. For example, "you look like a celebrity today. have you heard of ozzy osborn?"
Han Dong Geol
- Posts: 34
- Joined: Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:58 am
My sister says i always gives her backhanded compliment about he cloth.
- Posts: 46
- Joined: Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:01 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
- Posts: 30
- Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:49 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.
- Posts: 14
- Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:58 pm
I thought what he said to me as just compliment.
But it was backhanded compliment.!!
Jae Eun Lee
- Posts: 17
- Joined: Sun Mar 21, 2010 2:45 am
When Laura says something nice, she is just giving you a backhanded compliment. She never learned how to say nice, meaningful words to others.
- Posts: 55
- Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:49 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.
- Posts: 52
- Joined: Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:04 am
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!"
- Posts: 52
- Joined: Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:44 pm
I never keep someone who give me backhanded compliment at hand.
Shin Ye Sung
- Posts: 27
- Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:17 pm
He was glad that she told him he is very manful. I think that is a backhanded compliment.
Ye Suel Jung
- Posts: 17
- Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:47 am
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.