Apr 6, 2010

The Complisult

One of my best friends coined this term; it’s an insult hidden in a compliment and while the delivery is often subtle, you’ll know it when you see it. Hence the term is a compliment plus an insult equalling the complisult.

I had been asked to be a bridesmaid at a family friend's wedding. Of course, I attended the rehearsal prior to the big day. At a wedding rehearsal there is no need to dress up– you come as you are. There were a few other family members and friends that had attended the rehearsal as well. After a long morning of hair and makeup, all went well; she got married and then it was time for the party to begin. While making the rounds through the crowd, I ran into a close family friend (who had also been at the rehearsal) and she stopped to talk to me.

“Danielle you look fantastic! What a transformation!”

That, my friends, is a complisult in true form.

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