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What does it mean to "backhand" someone

Like the following: (why is it considered a backhand?)

"Good luck, OP. Had a friend who had his novel published. It went nowhere. But, he's satisfied."

by Anonymousreply 1704/12/2013

This is a great thread topic, OP. Though it only interests you.

by Anonymousreply 104/11/2013

I think r1 had a great point. I'm sure [italic]someone[/italic] will appreciate it.

by Anonymousreply 204/11/2013

LOL R2

by Anonymousreply 304/11/2013

You look great! Have you lost weight, or are you just starting to dress better?

by Anonymousreply 404/11/2013

Down south, we call it the "Southern Compliment."

"Why, you don't look nearly as bad as I heard."

"Oh, you are not THAT fat!

You don't know whether to smile or backhand them.

by Anonymousreply 504/11/2013

Is English not your first language?

by Anonymousreply 604/11/2013

There's a special term for this kind of talk? This is how I talk all the time to my friends.

by Anonymousreply 704/11/2013

A backhanded compliment is one that is both complimentary and insulting.

by Anonymousreply 804/11/2013

Is it technically passive aggressive?

by Anonymousreply 904/11/2013

"You don't sweat much for a fat broad."

by Anonymousreply 1004/11/2013

Good for you for trying, R6.

by Anonymousreply 1104/11/2013

[quote]Is it technically passive aggressive?

It's so sweet that you take an interest in psychiatric diagnoses. Bless your heart.

by Anonymousreply 1204/11/2013

Talk to the backhand.

by Anonymousreply 1304/11/2013

You're really nice, despite what people say!

by Anonymousreply 1404/12/2013

It's another word for love.

by Anonymousreply 1504/12/2013

It means that the axe wasn't within reach.

by Anonymousreply 1604/12/2013

Kathy Bates was fine in the role that won the Oscar.

by Anonymousreply 1704/12/2013
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