Don’t you just hate it when someone gives you what seems like a nice compliment, but the more you think about it, you realize they were actually giving you a backhanded insult.
Ouch! That’s never a good thing.
But you do have to admit that it’s kind of funny…when it’s not happening to you!
A Twitter user named Lisa McGee shared the best/worst backhanded compliment she’s ever received and it got a whole lot of folks talking.
What’s the best sly dig you’ve ever received? In my early twenties a guy told me I inspired him to be a writer because he’d seen one of my plays and it was so terrible he thought he definitely could do better. Stunning work.
— Lisa McGee (@LisaMMcGee) April 24, 2020
Let’s see what people on Twitter had to say.
1. And then some…
That wasn’t very nice.
About 6 years ago I met a woman who didn’t know me from Holby (I was with other cast members at an event) I joked and said the camera adds 10 pounds. She looked me up and down and said, ‘And then some!’ and walked off.. 😂
— Niamh McGrady (@NiamhMcGrady) April 24, 2020
2. You had it easy, huh?
Probably not a good thing to say to someone…
Best compliment/insult I received last year from someone I hadn’t met in years, they said ” Jesus you look great, you haven’t aged at all” ( I’m the same age as their niece) & then they said ” you must have a very easy life” 😳😂
— Marguerite Wixted (@Mar_w_1974) April 24, 2020
3. None of them.
I once asked an ex which Love Island contestant she fancied the most and she said, ‘None of them, I don’t really go for good looking men’ 🙃
— 🐥 (@spaldingrich) April 24, 2020
4. Looks good to me!
Maybe even good enough…
I used to have a little cake business, working from home. I’d put my heart and soul (and many hours work) into each bespoke cake. I was often told they were good, ‘maybe even good enough to be sold in supermarkets’…alongside the mass produced £10 cakes! pic.twitter.com/F3ZlL8NfYR
— Julie Cain (@Jooliooli) April 24, 2020
5. “Real” films.
Documentaries are real films, people.
Everyone was congratulating my OH as he was about to start his 2nd feature film.
🧔🏻: “Congrats! That’s so amazing. I don’t think I know anyone who’s got their second film away”
Me: “*coughs* I’ve just finished my 5th feature doc”
🧔🏻: “Oh I mean real films”
— Jeanie Finlay🕷 (@JeanieFinlay) April 24, 2020
6. You’re a pariah!
A colleague once came came up to me at a work’s lunch and dropped into conversation “no one wanted to sit here but I keep telling them, ‘she’s quite approachable!’” – backhanded compliment level achieved: 97 🙌
— Zo (@Tomboyadventure) April 24, 2020
7. I see it in your face.
Pregnant women love to hear this kind of stuff.
When I was 8 months pregnant, a passive aggressive work colleague told me I looked pregnant because of my face.
— Fran Harris (@FlimFlamFran) April 24, 2020
8. You can have it now.
Don’t mess with mom.
My Mother is the Queen of digs.. Once I laughed at her for buying a TopShop jumper (she was 75!) and she told me I could have it..as it had stretched in the wash… Hmmm.
— Marie Caldwell (@mariecald) April 24, 2020
9. Didn’t see that coming.
You try to help someone and look what happens…
A girl at the dancing was crying because her bf was looking at other girls and it made her feel ugly. I was busy telling her she had nothing to worry about because she was beautiful and she said “I wish I was like you and didn’t care about my looks” aye cheers big nose.
— Lydiateapot🏴🇪🇺Ⓜ️ (@Lydiateapot42) April 24, 2020
10. Plain Jane.
Always something every woman wants to hear.
When I first started going out with my now husband, his mate said to me, “It’s weird, because there’s something quite sexy about you, even though you’re really plain.”
He was a journalist and got sacked for getting pissed and heckling Julian Simmons at an awards do.
— Lee Montgomery (@leehotmess) April 24, 2020
11. Good for you!
Taking a big risk.
About a recent haircut “It’s not fashionable but you went for it anyway, good for you.”
— the white feather (@john_heyes) April 24, 2020
12. You’re out of the picture now.
Fun while it lasted!
My wife put up a slew of our wedding photos across the lounge, none of which featured me.
— James Smoker (@JPSmoker) April 24, 2020
Okay, now we want to hear from you!
In the comments, tell us all about the worst backhanded compliment that you’ve ever received.
Please and thank you!