Left Handed Compliment

A left-handed compliment is a criticism couched as a compliment, a compliment with two meanings, one of which is unflattering to the receiver.  It is also known as a backhanded compliment.

Examples:

  • You are very competent for someone so inexperienced.
  • That dress is really sharp. It really makes you look so slim!
  • You have such nice handwriting for a left-hander
  • Your son is more handsome than I would have expected

If you come across any more good examples, please post them as comments below.

 

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