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Article:Backhanded compliment
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* "You drive very well, for a woman."
 
* "You drive very well, for a woman."
 
* "I didn't recognize you; you look so good."
 
* "I didn't recognize you; you look so good."
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* "You're looking good; you're not as fat as you used to be."
   
In each instance, there is an initial compliment: praising a person's intellect, a person's driving ability, or a person's looks. However, each instance also includes an implied criticism: the speaker suggests that the person appears unintelligent on the surface; that women don't drive well, and therefore any skill at driving is noteworthy; and that the person at some point looked unattractive.
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In each instance, there is an initial compliment: praising a person's intellect, a person's driving ability, or a person's looks. However, each instance also includes an implied criticism: the speaker suggests that the person appears unintelligent on the surface; that women don't drive well, and therefore any skill at driving is noteworthy; and that the person at some point looked unattractive and fat.
   
 
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