Things seen along the road today.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Is the opposite of a backhanded compliment a forehanded insult? You know, when someone is saying something negative about you, but it comes out perhaps more complimentary than they'd intended?
Yeah, I got one of those. Yay me!
First of all, let me just say that I rarely ever talk about politics - especially on teh intarweb. People get too heated about stuff and rarely does it make for polite conversation.
However, on a message board where I occasionally participate, someone posted a political hypothetical to which I replied and waxed philosophic. My post received a few unexpected direct replies, one of which was a crude retort involving Betty Friedan and (I believe) a sex toy.
When queried further by a third party, the crude retorter explained his displeasure with my post:
"What truly surprises me is that no one actually detected it, and I therefore give Hilary great credit for her incredible cleverness and knack for legerdemain.Awesome!
"My move was not actually a drive-by as much as it was a preemptive strike on the suspect notions of a very bright political operative, and there was nothing ad hominem about it--as Hilary well knows.
"Then again, if I'm wrong, I truly extend my profound regrets and apology. Only thing I can say from here is, read her words again, Jim, and measure them closely.
"The girl's very smooth in her ridicule, her barbs are sugar-coated, and again, I give her credit for her intelligence, her considerable ability to deliver a velvet fist. Not a few of you were 'out' before you hit the canvas.
"The girl's good, and that's admirable and undeniable."
I had to look up "legerdemain", but the rest of it is definitely the most flattering flame I've ever received online. None of it is true, of course, but the fact that someone thought I was capable of such a thing, and used so many big words to describe their praise, was so amazing that I felt I just had to share. :)
posted by hilary at 10:54 AM |
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