Skip Nav

Backhanded Compliments

Dish! What Backhanded Compliment Have You Heard?


A scoop of criticism with a cherry on top, anyone? Backhanded compliments can be the fiercest of insults. Chances are we've probably all heard them and even served them up at some point or another. I prefer to think that most of this nasty flattery is an accidental result of someone speaking before thinking. But giving our offender the benefit of the doubt doesn't take away the sting of a blindsided burn. So you tell me: What backhanded compliment have you heard or — mean girl alert! — dropped on someone else? Here are a few to get us started:

  • You're really filling out.
  • I'm so jealous you don't have to wear a bra every day.
  • Hey! Your face cleared up!
  • If you were taller, you could be a model.
  • You look so nice today, I almost didn’t recognize you.
  • That tasted better than it looked.
  • It's so refreshing to have a conversation with someone who doesn't feel the need to prove they are smart.
  • You're smart to do your laundry on Saturday night, when everyone else is out.
  • Nice dress. I've seen a lot of girls wearing it, but I think it suits you most.
  • You look like a porn star.
  • Source

Latest Love & Sex