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    Post Back biting vs Bad mouthing

    Hi,

    Does "Back biting and Bad mouthing" mean one and the same?

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    Re: Back biting vs Bad mouthing

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    Hi,

    Does "Back biting and Bad mouthing" mean one and the same?

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    Yes, generally so, I would say.

    I think "backbiting" suggests saying spiteful things about someone who is not present (maybe influenced by "backstabbing")

    "Badmouthing" does not necessarily carry the meaning of "spiteful" -- you can badmouth a movie, for example, but you could hardly "backbite" it.

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    Re: Back biting vs Bad mouthing

    Quote Originally Posted by Ann1977 View Post
    Yes, generally so, I would say.

    I think "backbiting" suggests saying spiteful things about someone who is not present (maybe influenced by "backstabbing")

    "Badmouthing" does not necessarily carry the meaning of "spiteful" -- you can badmouth a movie, for example, but you could hardly "backbite" it.
    Backbiting can be only done for a person, correct??
    Are there any synonymous words or expressions??


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    Re: Back biting vs Bad mouthing

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Backbiting can be only done for a person, correct??
    Are there any synonymous words or expressions??
    I think the principle idea of "backbiting" is "secret slander."

    But Thesaurus.com gives a lot of synonyms that are indistinguishable from "badmouthing."

    Main Entry: backbiting
    Part of Speech:
    noun
    Definition: hateful talk

    Synonyms:
    abuse, aspersion, backstabbing, belittlement, calumniation, calumny, cattiness, defamation, denigration, depreciation, detraction, disparagement, gossip, invective, lie, malice, obloquy, scandal, slander, spite, spitefulness, tale, traducement, vilification, vituperation

    Antonyms:

    encouragement, praise


    Main Entry: backbite
    Part of Speech: verb
    Definition:
    defame

    Synonyms:
    abuse, backstab, badmouth, calumniate, denigrate, gossip, lie, malign, scandalize, slander, spite, traduce, vilify

    Antonyms:

    praise

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    Re: Back biting vs Bad mouthing

    Usually "back biting" is the equivalent of "back stabbing." That is, you smile at someone and pretend to be friendly, but when they're away you'll tell their secrets and say terrible things about them.

    "Bad mouthing" just implies saying bad things about someone; it doesn't necessarily mean that you've pretended to befriend them first.

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    Re: Back biting vs Bad mouthing

    I’m not a teacher.

    Hi anupumh,

    Here are a few additional words to the matter in question:

    I know furthermore an another interpretation of the term “back biting” and “bad mounthing” namely concerning with the human’s appearance.

    A malocclusion(an improper occlusion; especially abnormality in the coming together of teeth) is a misalignment of teeth and/or incorrect relation between the teeth of the two dental arches.
    A malocclusion where some of your upper teeth are inside of your lower teeth when you bite down.
    A malocclusion is the misalignment of teeth and jaws, or more simply a “bad bite”. Malocclusion = faulty contact between the upper and lower teeth when the jaw is closed.
    Malocclusion is a problem in the way the upper and lower teeth get together in biting or chewing. The word malocclusion literally means “bad bite” (“back biting”).
    The condition may also be referred to s an irregular bite, cossbite, or overbite. Malocclusion may be seen as crooked, crowded, or protruding teeth. It may affect a peron’s appearance, speech and ‘or ability to eat.

    What is “bad mouth” or “crooked smile”?
    "Malocclusion" is a technical term for crooked, crowded or protruding teeth which do not fit together properly.


    Cross bite = a malocclusion where some of your upper teeth are inside of your lower teeth when you bite down.

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    Re: Back biting vs Bad mouthing

    I think backbiting is generally nasty, while bad mouthing doesn't have to be so vicious.

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    Re: Back biting vs Bad mouthing

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I think backbiting is generally nasty, while bad mouthing doesn't have to be so vicious.
    Yes I agree, backbiting is done with a malicious intent of defaming somebody...
    Badmouthing may be general and may not be always intentional and planned.


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    Re: Back biting vs Bad mouthing

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Backbiting can be only done for a person, correct??
    Are there any synonymous words or expressions??
    You can say "hit someone below the belt" or "speak ill of someone" in place of "backbiting".


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    Re: Back biting vs Bad mouthing

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Yes I agree, backbiting is done with a malicious intent of defaming somebody...
    Badmouthing may be general and may not be always intentional and planned.
    Both backbiting and badmouthing can be slanderous

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