Backhanded compliments aren’t really compliments at all, because the insulting part inevitably has a larger impact than the ostensibly complimentary part.
I mean, if I gave you a backrub and then stabbed you, you wouldn’t refer to that as a “backhanded spa treatment,” you’d just call it a really weird stabbing. And then you’d call the police.
But these nasty little attacks are things that people get all the time – especially women. Here are just a few anonymously submitted examples.
10. Hair today, gone tomorrow
Thanks for letting me know I’m hideous most of the time.
9. The size of things
Unless this person was nine years old, there’s no excuse for this.
Even then it would merit a talking to.
8. I’ll make an exception
Also so weird when men feel like they need to let you understand that they’re carving out an exception for you.
7. Does that make me crazy?
This is what we would refer to as an “inside thought.”
6. A glowing endorsement
Never guess at that ever, ever, ever, ever.
5. On a scale
And to think I didn’t even know I’d signed up for this competition.
4. Gotta be so rude
3. Too hot to trot
And yet, here we are.
2. Get a leg up
Nothing compared to what’s about to happen to you.
1. Try it out
People aren’t a buffet, you knob.
Gross. Gross gross gross.
What’s the worst “backhanded compliment” you’ve ever received?
Tell us in the comments.