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People Share the Worst Backhanded Compliments They’ve Ever Received

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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.

confused guy

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