13 People Share Things That Sound Like Compliments That Are Actually Insults

Oh, bless your heart!

Let me tell you something: I’ve lived in the South long enough now to know that when someone says that down here, they’re not exactly paying you a compliment…

And now that you know that, let’s hear from AskReddit users about things that sound like compliments…but really aren’t.

1. Hmmm…

“I got a fortune cookie that said “You are as intelligent as you are good looking.”

I’m not sure how to feel about that…”

2. Really?!?!

“When someone sounds extremely surprised and says that your spouse is really good looking.”

3. LOL.

“My MIL once said to me “I love how you just play with your kids and don’t worry at all about cleaning your house!””

4. That hurts.

“I remember hearing a story about someone’s mom or grandma always saying that you can never be both smart and pretty on the same day.

Any time someone would f**k up, she’d tell them that they are really pretty today.”

5. Thanks…

“Wow you’re so brave for wearing that!

I wish I had your confidence.”

6. Dear old Dad.

“You’re smarter than you look.”

My dad said this to me a lot growing up. I didn’t know how to take it.

He said it yesterday. Still don’t know how to take it.”

7. True.

“We had a visiting scholar when I was in grad school.

He was really nice, but not the brightest. He was Dutch, so great English skills, but subtle differences in use.

One day he said “I don’t like it when people tell me ‘Good for you.’ They never really mean Good for you.””

8. Wait a second…

“I tell people “You’re a man amongst kings.”

Usually takes them a second to realize what I said.”

9. Nailed you.

“”I hope you have the day that you deserve.”

I said this one once and got written up at work.”

10. Actually…

“Using the word “actually” in a “compliment.”

“you’re actually smart.”

“you’re actually pretty.”

“you’re actually not that bad.””

11. Hiding it well.

“I’m midsize and got a little tummy.

Apparently I “hide it so well” as told to me by multiple people once seeing me in a swimsuit.”

12. Look at you!

“My math teacher in high school would always tell me I was “so ambitious” when I told him of my desire to get a B.S. in aerospace engineering in undergrad.

Find out later he was really just being condescending and thought I wasn’t being serious. Now I’m six months out from getting my PhD in aero engineering.”

13. Great…

“If you work really hard, I truly believe you could find yourself at the top of the bell curve one day.”

What do you think?

Let us know in the comments.

Thanks a lot!