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    poisoned compliment

    Is it a poisoned compliment when a female human being says "You're so handsome" to a male human being?

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    Re: poisoned compliment

    Quote Originally Posted by AirbusA321 View Post
    Is it a poisoned compliment when a female human being woman says "You're so handsome" to a male human being man?
    What makes you think that?

    It's just a compliment.

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    #3

    Re: poisoned compliment

    Where did you get the phrase poisoned compliment from?

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    Re: poisoned compliment

    In BrE, we use "a backhanded compliment" to mean something that sounds like a compliment but, in reality, it's almost an insult.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: poisoned compliment

    That was an excellent comment by ems. If I didn't know better, I'd think she was male!

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    Re: poisoned compliment

    I've just searched for "poisoned compliment" and it didn't help me understand what was meant.

    I just love the way Piscean can say just anything and not care if people think he's a creep for saying it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: poisoned compliment

    Well, Piscean is the most incredible, gorgeous and intelligent person ... in his own living room right now.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: poisoned compliment

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Where did you get the phrase poisoned compliment from?
    We're still waiting for an answer, AirbusA321.

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    Re: poisoned compliment

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In BrE, we use "a backhanded compliment" to mean something that sounds like a compliment but, in reality, it's almost an insult.
    I have never heard the phrase "poisoned compliment." But we understand the concept and I think our equivalent is backhanded, both in BrR and AmE. For example when a misfortune happened to someone my father disliked he would say "Couldn't happen to a better guy". It was pure irony; he would never say explicitly that he disliked the guy. He called this kind of remark a backhander. Sounds at first like a compliment but then when you think about it ...

    Being pedagogical for a change.
    Last edited by probus; 15-Feb-2017 at 06:15.

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    #10

    Re: poisoned compliment

    The idea is clear enough, and we do use phrases like poisoned chalice, but poisoned compliment is not something I have heard used.

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