Thanks, I guess?
By now, just about everyone is familiar with the backhanded compliment. You know, that comment from an acquaintance that seems like an ego boost on its face, but reveals more and more digs the longer you think about it. The long-held domain of WASPy New England housewives and Southern grandmothers has gained a bit of cultural cachet on the internet, a place where folks like to trade stories about witticisms that may or may not have actually been uttered.
And for people looking to step their game up beyond the classic “You look great today” and the eternal “Bless your heart,” there’s a Reddit thread full of absolute gold. One user asked his fellow Redditors to recall the best compli-sults they’ve ever encountered. And they did the best you could expect of them.
Making The Best Of It
I asked my son to pay me a compliment. He said “I like what you’ve done with your bald spot.” (EdwinLongwood)
After final exam results were posted I ran into a teacher who said, “Congratulations on your results – when I saw you’d passed, I knew everyone else had too.” English was her second language, so for many years I gave her the benefit of the doubt. Then one day I realised that she did actually mean it. (JassieOne)
In high school there was a popular guy who had a crush on this one girl, and had opened up about it to me and this other guy who was a ‘nerd’ and much less attractive, but had dated her in the past.
He decided to ask her out and was rejected.
“At least we know she doesn’t care about looks.” I said, and they were both pissed at me.” (vampwatching)