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17th Feb '18 7:08:07 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Fanfic/AManOfIron'': When civil war breaks out in Westeros, Jonos Bracken initially supports [[SmugSnake Renly]], but later clarifies it was only because he was "the best of a bad lot" comprising [[KnightTemplar Stannis]] and [[TheCaligula Joffrey]].
12th Feb '18 1:15:46 AM Cryoclaste
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** Likewise in her review of ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'' she calls ''HortonHearsAWho'' the "least awful" Creator/DrSeuss movie, and notes that, like the best of Chris Meledandri's movies, it's "[[SoOkayItsAverage okay]]."

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** Likewise in her review of ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'' she calls ''HortonHearsAWho'' ''WesternAnimation/HortonHearsAWho'' the "least awful" Creator/DrSeuss movie, and notes that, like the best of Chris Meledandri's movies, it's "[[SoOkayItsAverage okay]]."
1st Feb '18 7:22:09 PM ading
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* From the TGWTG files: WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic:

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* From the TGWTG files: WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic:''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'':


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** In his review of ''Film/YogiBear'', he gives the film credit where it's due: "it's short".
31st Jan '18 2:44:17 PM Vorhias
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*** As they're wont to do, the fandom has turned this into a meme, and it's now the stock response when you're commenting on someone's poorly designed pony OC.

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*** This comment is later played for laughs later in the episode, when Sweetie Belle says it with complete sincerity and excitement, albeit under a hypnotic spell that makes her (And others) obsessed with the doll.
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As they're wont to do, the fandom has turned this into a meme, and it's now the stock response when you're commenting on someone's poorly designed pony OC.
31st Jan '18 6:00:52 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''Theatre/TrialByJury'' the Judge's ex-wife is described by her father as being able to pass for forty-three, in the duck, with the light behind her.

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* In ''Theatre/TrialByJury'' the Judge's ex-wife is described by her father as being able to pass for forty-three, in the duck, dusk, with the light behind her.
29th Jan '18 3:51:15 PM MasterN
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Sometimes, we can't just say something is bad. Perhaps we are being nice, or perhaps we are in a situation where negative comments are frowned upon. It could be that we are expected to give a positive response. Break out the faint praise!

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Sometimes, we can't just say something is bad. Perhaps we are being nice, or perhaps we are in a situation where negative comments are frowned upon. It could be that we are expected to give a positive response. Or maybe we’re just {{Troll}}s. Break out the faint praise!
10th Jan '18 5:59:31 PM DrFraud
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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5450400/5/The-Kiss The Kiss]]'':
-->'''Harry:''' Oh man, I forgot all about classes. Excuse me while I go find Neville or Dean and see what I missed. You think Ron will help me with my homework?\\
'''Ginny:''' I thought you wanted to pass? Get the twins to help you, instead.\\
'''Mrs. Weasley:''' Ginny! Show your brother some support. He might not be the student Bill was, or the athlete Charlie was, or a scholar like Percy ... at least he's quieter than the twins.
3rd Jan '18 7:09:59 PM DustSnitch
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* Reversed by Creator/DorothyLSayers in ''[[Literature/LordPeterWimsey Murder Must Advertise]]''. At one point, describing one character's comments on another, our detective protagonist Lord Peter uses the phrase "...praise him with faint damns".

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%%* ''Literature/RedDwarf'': The Least Worst Scripts.
* Reversed by Creator/DorothyLSayers in ''[[Literature/LordPeterWimsey Murder Must Advertise]]''. At one point, describing one character's comments on another, our detective protagonist Lord Peter uses In the phrase "...Literature/{{Boojumverse}}, Christian Cultists are known for being eager to speak well of everyone. Thus, when the only praise him with faint damns".they can give Station Master Lee is to say that she doesn't actively persecute them, Izrael knows that Lee must be a very terrible Station Master indeed.
* In ''Literature/TheCaineMutiny'', the protagonist, Willie Keith, is horrified to find that he has been rated as "Above average" (meaning generally useless, despite it [[FourPointScale actually being a 3/5 rating]]) on his service testimonial. Lt. Commander [=DeVriess=] adds that Keith "[...] seems to have the potential for becoming a capable officer [...]."[[labelnote:*]]I'm backtranslating from Swedish here, maybe someone could provide the exact quote[[/labelnote]] It doesn't take a genius to realize that he is being disparaging.
* For lack of anything better to say, Jack Ryback from [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike Nelson's]] ''Death Rat!'' at one point earnestly praises his literary agent as "the most well-groomed man I've ever met."



* In Creator/JaneYolen's historical novel ''Queen's Own Fool'', when Queen Mary is about to marry Darnley, she asks her friends' opinion of him. They don't want to upset her by pointing out that Darnley is a {{Jerkass}}, so they dodge the issue by praising his other qualities.
* For lack of anything better to say, Jack Ryback from [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike Nelson's]] ''Death Rat!'' at one point earnestly praises his literary agent as "the most well-groomed man I've ever met."
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** Sansa is unable to think of any honest compliments for young king Joffrey except that he is "comely". It's pretty much the only good thing about him.
** The only honest compliment that Ned can give Robert about his reign was that he was a better king than [[TheCaligula his predecessor]].
** Griff says that Ser Rolly Duckfield is a "solid" man, but disagrees with him being raised to the Kingsguard. He worries that, at this rate, the illustrious order will be filled with men "each more blindingly adequate than the last."
* In ''Literature/TheCaineMutiny'', the protagonist, Willie Keith, is horrified to find that he has been rated as "Above average" (meaning generally useless, despite it [[FourPointScale actually being a 3/5 rating]]) on his service testimonial. Lt. Commander [=DeVriess=] adds that Keith "[...] seems to have the potential for becoming a capable officer [...]."[[labelnote:*]]I'm backtranslating from Swedish here, maybe someone could provide the exact quote[[/labelnote]] It doesn't take a genius to realize that he is being disparaging.
* ''Literature/RedDwarf'': The Least Worst Scripts.
* ''The Sprightly Companion'', a musical instruction book published by Henry Playford in 1695, describes the oboe as 'not much inferior to the Trumpet.'
* In the beginning of ''Literature/ReservedForTheCat'', Ninette Dupond is chosen to fill in for the star, La Augustine (who has sprained her ankle) for a matinee production of the ballet ''La Sylphide''. She has done a good job, but the following day, she and the other ''sujets'' (soloists) are reading the reviews and most of them are about the star's injury and her performance rated only, "''Sujet'' Ninette Dupond was called upon to replace the ''etoile'' and managed a creditable, if sometimes naïve, interpretation." One of the other ''sujets'' laughs and comments, "You are damned with faint praise, Ninette." (It's the one good review from ''La Figaro'', the newspaper thought to be for artists and thinkers, that causes trouble for Ninette.)

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* In Creator/JaneYolen's historical novel ''Queen's Own Fool'', when Queen Mary is about to marry Darnley, she asks her friends' opinion of him. They don't want to upset her by pointing out that Darnley is ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'': Dante starts a {{Jerkass}}, so they dodge the issue by praising conversation with his other qualities.
* For lack of anything better
guide by referring to say, Jack Ryback from [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike Nelson's]] ''Death Rat!'' at one point earnestly praises his literary agent him as "the most well-groomed man I've ever met."
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** Sansa is unable to think of any honest compliments for young king Joffrey
"My master, you who can defeat all things except for those tenacious demons who tried to block us at the entryway," reminding his master of a damning failure in a conversation that he is "comely". It's pretty much the only good thing about him.
** The only honest compliment that Ned can give Robert about his reign was that he was a better king than [[TheCaligula his predecessor]].
** Griff says that Ser Rolly Duckfield is a "solid" man, but disagrees
has nothing to do with him being raised to the Kingsguard. He worries that, at this rate, the illustrious order will be filled with men "each more blindingly adequate than the last."
* In ''Literature/TheCaineMutiny'', the protagonist, Willie Keith, is horrified to find that he has been rated as "Above average" (meaning generally useless, despite it [[FourPointScale actually being a 3/5 rating]]) on his service testimonial. Lt. Commander [=DeVriess=] adds that Keith "[...] seems to have the potential for becoming a capable officer [...]."[[labelnote:*]]I'm backtranslating from Swedish here, maybe someone could provide the exact quote[[/labelnote]] It doesn't take a genius to realize that he is being disparaging.
* ''Literature/RedDwarf'': The Least Worst Scripts.
* ''The Sprightly Companion'', a musical instruction book published by Henry Playford in 1695, describes the oboe as 'not much inferior to the Trumpet.'
* In the beginning of ''Literature/ReservedForTheCat'', Ninette Dupond is chosen to fill in for the star, La Augustine (who has sprained her ankle) for a matinee production of the ballet ''La Sylphide''. She has done a good job, but the following day, she and the other ''sujets'' (soloists) are reading the reviews and most of them are about the star's injury and her performance rated only, "''Sujet'' Ninette Dupond was called upon to replace the ''etoile'' and managed a creditable, if sometimes naïve, interpretation." One of the other ''sujets'' laughs and comments, "You are damned with faint praise, Ninette." (It's the one good review from ''La Figaro'', the newspaper thought to be for artists and thinkers, that causes trouble for Ninette.)
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* In the Literature/{{Boojumverse}}, Christian Cultists are known for being eager to speak well of everyone. Thus, when the only praise they can give Station Master Lee is to say that she doesn't actively persecute them, Izrael knows that Lee must be a very terrible Station Master indeed.
* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', after Thomas Cromwell returns from a trip he tells his wife Liz that she's sweeter to look at than Cardinal Wolsey was. She laughs and tells him "that's the smallest compliment a woman ever received", which he jokes is a shame because he was working on it the whole way home.
* The victim in the sci-fi murder mystery ''Literature/TheNakedSun'', Dr. Rikaine Delmarre, is consistently praised by those who knew him as "a good Solarian" (Solaria being the planet on which the story is set). What the audience comes to realize is, while his devotion to civic duty was indeed above reproach, that's the only good thing anyone can think to say about him. In truth, [[WhoMurderedTheAsshole a lot of people actively hated him]].



* ''Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerillas 1939-1945'' by Creator/MaxHastings contains an inversion: he is generally unimpressed by the wartime spooks, but describes the British secret services as "the least ineffective in the world."
* ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'': During a conference when they're surrounded by monks and church dignitaries, William credits the Inquisitor Bernard Gui with the biggest decision of his (William's) life. This is a compliment to everyone but Bernard and William's student Adso, who both know William's biggest decision was ''leaving'' the Inquisition...



* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'': Dante starts a conversation with his guide by referring to him as "My master, you who can defeat all things except for those tenacious demons who tried to block us at the entryway," reminding his master of a damning failure in a conversation that has nothing to do with that.

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* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'': Dante starts a conversation Reversed by Creator/DorothyLSayers in ''[[Literature/LordPeterWimsey Murder Must Advertise]]''. At one point, describing one character's comments on another, our detective protagonist Lord Peter uses the phrase "...praise him with his guide faint damns".
* The victim in the sci-fi murder mystery ''Literature/TheNakedSun'', Dr. Rikaine Delmarre, is consistently praised
by referring to those who knew him as "My master, you "a good Solarian" (Solaria being the planet on which the story is set). What the audience comes to realize is, while his devotion to civic duty was indeed above reproach, that's the only good thing anyone can think to say about him. In truth, [[WhoMurderedTheAsshole a lot of people actively hated him]].
* ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'': During a conference when they're surrounded by monks and church dignitaries, William credits the Inquisitor Bernard Gui with the biggest decision of his (William's) life. This is a compliment to everyone but Bernard and William's student Adso,
who can defeat all things both know William's biggest decision was ''leaving'' the Inquisition...
* In Creator/JaneYolen's historical novel ''Queen's Own Fool'', when Queen Mary is about to marry Darnley, she asks her friends' opinion of him. They don't want to upset her by pointing out that Darnley is a {{Jerkass}}, so they dodge the issue by praising his other qualities.
* In the beginning of ''Literature/ReservedForTheCat'', Ninette Dupond is chosen to fill in for the star, La Augustine (who has sprained her ankle) for a matinee production of the ballet ''La Sylphide''. She has done a good job, but the following day, she and the other ''sujets'' (soloists) are reading the reviews and most of them are about the star's injury and her performance rated only, "''Sujet'' Ninette Dupond was called upon to replace the ''etoile'' and managed a creditable, if sometimes naïve, interpretation." One of the other ''sujets'' laughs and comments, "You are damned with faint praise, Ninette." (It's the one good review from ''La Figaro'', the newspaper thought to be for artists and thinkers, that causes trouble for Ninette.)
* ''Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerillas 1939-1945'' by Creator/MaxHastings contains an inversion: he is generally unimpressed by the wartime spooks, but describes the British secret services as "the least ineffective in the world."
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** Sansa is unable to think of any honest compliments for young king Joffrey
except for those tenacious demons who tried to block us at the entryway," reminding his master of a damning failure in a conversation that has nothing to do he is "comely". It's pretty much the only good thing about him.
** The only honest compliment that Ned can give Robert about his reign was that he was a better king than [[TheCaligula his predecessor]].
** Griff says that Ser Rolly Duckfield is a "solid" man, but disagrees
with that.him being raised to the Kingsguard. He worries that, at this rate, the illustrious order will be filled with men "each more blindingly adequate than the last."
* ''The Sprightly Companion'', a musical instruction book published by Henry Playford in 1695, describes the oboe as 'not much inferior to the Trumpet.'
* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', after Thomas Cromwell returns from a trip he tells his wife Liz that she's sweeter to look at than Cardinal Wolsey was. She laughs and tells him "that's the smallest compliment a woman ever received", which he jokes is a shame because he was working on it the whole way home.
28th Dec '17 12:41:53 PM gb00393
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** Shae mentions that every man she cooks for compliments what a good whore she is.

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** Shae mentions in "What Is Dead May Never Die" that every man she cooks for compliments what a good whore she is.
27th Dec '17 11:49:32 PM Green_lantern40
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* A meta example involving both of the above strips: ''Calvin and Hobbes'' creator Bill Watterson once "complimented" the ''Garfield'' strip as "[[TheSameButMore consistent]]".

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* A meta example involving both of the above strips: ''Calvin and Hobbes'' creator Bill Watterson once "complimented" the ''Garfield'' strip as "[[TheSameButMore "[[StrictlyFormula consistent]]".
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