Posted by Capable on December 10, 2001
In Reply to: Re: "Backhanded compliment" posted by ESC on December 10, 2001
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: : : Thanks,
: : : KC
: : Definition of "backhanded," sense 3, in the American Heritage Dictionary: "Containing a disguised insult or rebuke." Example of a backhanded compliment: "Such a nice new dress--it does wonders for your figure."
: I have heard it called a "left-handed compliment."
Just learnt a new (albeit slang) word from my Australian mate Mollyduker meaning lefthanded - but can anyone sugest an origin for this?