"backhanded - lefthanded - mollyduker"

Posted by Capable on December 10, 2001

In Reply to: "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?