Backhanded Compliments That Drive Us Crazy

Compliments are nice, but sometimes when someone means well it just leaves us cringing. Here are some "compliments" that are better left unsaid.

"I could never pull off that look."

"I could never pull off that look."Flickr/geolover

We all know this is code for, "What in the world are you wearing?" It's even worse when the person is referring to your hair, because it's likely a haircut that isn't going to grow out overnight.

"You're better than a supermodel."

"You're better than a supermodel."Guff

So, basically what you're saying is that the girl you're dating is not a supermodel, and you're trying to make her feel better by claiming you prefer that. Is it because you like your girls insecure? Or are you a big fan of sticking your foot in your mouth?

"You're so skinny now."

"You're so skinny now."The Dodo

Then what was I before? Fat? Say it. JUST SAY IT! In general, it's best to avoid ever mentioning weight. There's just too much that can go wrong.

"You're such an independent person."

"You're such an independent person."Memes

What you really mean is, "Rejection and loneliness have made quite the callused broad out of you."

"I can always depend on you."

"I can always depend on you."Guff

This is not complimentary. In other words, you can rely on us to clean up your mistakes, bail you out, and listen to you whine all the time. But when it's fun you're looking for, be sure to pass on this reliably boring friend.

"Your makeup is so pretty."

"Your makeup is so pretty."22 Words

You've sure never told us our face is pretty, so we're guessing you've purposely separated the two. Compliment a woman's face, not just her makeup. The makeup just goes without saying!

"Your features are striking."

"Your features are striking."Catsfotos

Oh, you think it's our features that are striking and not just us in general? If it's the Pinocchio nose you're referring to, be careful before it strikes you across the face.

"You look great for your age."

"You look great for your age."Guff

Using the word "for" makes it sound like we don't really look that great at all. And why did you have to bring our age into it anyway? Are you saying that if we were younger we would look terrible?

"You're so photogenic."

"You're so photogenic."We Share Pics

You seem surprised when you say this. It's almost as if we look a lot worse in real life. Remind us never to create an online dating profile, because we can't bear to see the disappointment on your face when you see us in person.

"You're adorable."

"You're adorable."Twitter/@emrgencykittens

When you call us adorable, you're letting us know that we're the fun friends you like to keep around because we make you laugh. But you'll never find us physically or romantically appealing. Thanks. Thanks a LOT.

"You clean up nicely."

"You clean up nicely."Brainfarts

Are you implying that we're not normally "cleaned up"? Or are you just saying that we normally look terrible?

"It's so great partying with you."

"It's so great partying with you."Ohmanfatcats

Similarly to calling us adorable, you are again making a point of reminding us that we will never rise above the friend level with you. That's fine and understandable, but you don't have to keep rubbing it in like that.

"It's awesome how you don't care what people think of you."

"It's awesome how you don't care what people think of you."Smash

Is there something to care about? Are you hinting that we're making idiots of ourselves somehow? Because it's not that we don't care, you've just clearly slapped us wide awake from oblivion.

"You have such a great personality."

"You have such a great personality."Little Things

Ouch. What you're getting at is we have a great personality as opposed to a great body. Please excuse us while we ditch our diet to gorge on doughnuts and tears.

"You're so organized."

"You're so organized."Daily Mail

Yes, we know we have too much time on our hands and that leads to micromanagement. We're not proud of it, so take your carefree, popular lifestyle elsewhere, please.

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