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.


  • 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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3 comments on “Left Handed Compliment
  1. Joseph Robinette Biden says:

    My favorite left handed compliments:

    You look if your skin was removed it would make a good rug

    I want to have sexual intercourse with your son

  2. Anees Shah says:

    Why we are left-handed or right-handed? According to new scientific research, it would not be the brain, but the spinal cord, which would determine that we use the left or right preferably.

  3. Cheryl Alexander says:

    There are two other activities that I can add as a left handed. As a past athlete, putting left foot on starting block. Also, playing guitar left handed.

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