backhanded compliment vs. backhanded insult

backhanded compliment vs. backhanded insult

文章Rock » 週一 7月 25, 2016 1:37 pm

Which ones are backhanded insults among the following quotes?

1. "That dress is lovely; it does wonders for your figure."
2. "That dress is so disgustingly ugly that it totally destroys your usual sexiness."
3. "No, honey...I love yours. I don't even like them big."
4. "Relax, sweetie...you were perfectly adequate."
5. "Your haircut really slims your face."
6. "You are the least photogenic pretty chick I've ever seen."

https://www.quora.com/Whats-the-difference-between-a-backhanded-compliment-and-a-backhanded-insult
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=backhanded%20compliment
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Re: backhanded compliment vs. backhanded insult

文章Kooper » 週一 7月 25, 2016 9:10 pm

Five I guess?
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Re: backhanded compliment vs. backhanded insult

文章Luis Ko » 週一 7月 25, 2016 9:45 pm

yeah, if it isn't the third one.. 8) :lol:
i might be a cynic and, a sceptic as well but, i'm definitely not a bad person!!
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Re: backhanded compliment vs. backhanded insult

文章Rock » 週一 7月 25, 2016 10:09 pm

Kooper :?:
Luis :lol: :?:
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Re: backhanded compliment vs. backhanded insult

文章Iris Wu » 週二 7月 26, 2016 12:19 am

It's much easier to understand the meaning of "backhanded compliments". I think "寓貶於褒" maybe a good translation for it, agree? We can easily point out a few people around us mastering the art of "backhanded compliment"! :)

Examples of "Backhanded insults" are a bit harder to obtain. I would probably pick #2 and #6 as the examples, because they seem to be the toned-down compliments:
    2. "That dress is so disgustingly ugly that it totally destroys your usual sexiness."
    6. "You are the least photogenic pretty chick I've ever seen."
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文章Rock » 週二 7月 26, 2016 1:17 pm

Yes, our first lady is right, as always.
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