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一分钟英语:Backhanded Compliment

一分钟英语:Backhanded Compliment

English in a Minute – Backhanded Compliment:言不由衷的恭维话

Welcome to English in a Minute.

A compliment is something nice you say to someone.

But what is a backhanded compliment?

Backhanded Compliment.

Jonathan, Caty just told me my script was good... surprisingly good.

That, my friend, is a backhanded compliment.

Yes! She was surprised it was good. So, She expected it to be bad.

Oh, let it go, Anna. Backhanded or not, it's still a compliment.

A "backhanded compliment" seems like a nice comment. But it's not.

It's an insult made to look like a compliment.

As you saw with Anna, backhanded compliments can upset people.

And that's English in a Minute.