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23rd May '16 6:26:24 PM Murgatroyd314
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** Daria responds to a less-than-inspiring reading from Shakespeare with "Creator/LaurenceOlivier, in his present state[[labelnote:*]]dead[[/labelnote]], could not have done better."
23rd May '16 5:57:48 PM Murgatroyd314
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* The [[http://unshavedmouse.wordpress.com Unshaved Mouse]] refers to voice actors who did less-than-stellar work as "very nice ladies/gentlemen doing their best."

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* The [[http://unshavedmouse.wordpress.com Unshaved Mouse]] refers to child voice actors who did less-than-stellar work as "very nice young ladies/gentlemen doing their best."
25th Apr '16 3:28:47 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': Rei resorts to this to critique a drawing of her. It works because the artist is only three.
-->"How you like it?" she eventually ended Rei's wondering.\\
Taken aback, the teen didn't answer immediately. Being honest was likely to hurt the girl's feelings, and Rei didn't want that. But wouldn't she also do the same by lying to her?\\
"The... shade of blue is well chosen," she eventually settled for.
16th Apr '16 2:52:01 PM DarkHunter
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15th Apr '16 5:16:30 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* When UsefulNotes/HardangerFiddle players tried to compliment eachother, faint praise might occur, when the master fiddlers had to say something nice to the less gifted. "The Miller Boy", reckoned to be the greatest fiddler of the nineteenth century, made this one a classic:
---> You are pretty good. In fact, you are much better than a person who never touched a fiddle.
13th Apr '16 6:32:17 PM Geoduck
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* On at least one of his album covers, Music/TomLehrer cheerfully included lines from a brutal series of newspaper reviews, ending with the Oakland Tribune's "Plays the piano acceptably."
6th Apr '16 4:56:35 PM Jeduthun
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* An infamous [[JokeItem Community Chest Card]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}}'' will inform you, "You have won second prize in a beauty contest!" This dubious distinction will award you a whopping $11. Although in some newer versions of the game, [[{{Nerf}} you only get $10]].
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8th Mar '16 9:02:10 PM MsChibi
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Related to many InsultTropes; can be the result of a ComplimentBackfire. May take the form of an OverlyNarrowSuperlative or a TriviallyObvious statement. May also, in a [[FuneralTropes funeral]] setting, result from NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead if the deceased is [[AssholeVictim not particularly missed.]] The FourPointScale may result in this, as high scores are given to things that are just okay, so that fans see a [[EightPointEight 7 or 8]] as a "bad" score. See also SoOkayItsAverage and YouAreACreditToYourRace. Contrast with StealthInsult, which also damns people through "praise" - in that case, though, the praise is illusionary rather than merely weak. SarcasmMode is also a sister trope. Those who confuse faint praise with actual praise will claim that ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars.

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Related to many InsultTropes; can be the result of a ComplimentBackfire. May take the form of an OverlyNarrowSuperlative or a TriviallyObvious statement. May also, in a [[FuneralTropes funeral]] setting, result from NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead if the deceased is [[AssholeVictim not particularly missed.]] The FourPointScale may result in this, as high scores are given to things that are just okay, so that fans see a [[EightPointEight 7 or 8]] as a "bad" score. See also SoOkayItsAverage SoOkayItsAverage, NotLikeOtherGirls, and YouAreACreditToYourRace. Contrast with StealthInsult, which also damns people through "praise" - in that case, though, the praise is illusionary rather than merely weak. SarcasmMode is also a sister trope. Those who confuse faint praise with actual praise will claim that ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars.



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26th Feb '16 6:25:42 PM SgtFrog1
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** Whenever the [[NoodleIncident accomplishments]] of Zapp Brannigan are listed, they're usually something that sounds both pathetically easy and morally repugnant. To whit: a carpet bombing of Eden 7, a "bloody triumph" against the pacifists of the Gandhi Nebula, and single-handedly defeating the Retiree People of the Assisted Living Nebula. This is to instantly show that Zapp's [[GeneralFailure tactical skills]] are only matched by his [[GeneralRipper morality]].

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** Whenever the [[NoodleIncident accomplishments]] of Zapp Brannigan are listed, they're usually something that sounds both pathetically easy and morally repugnant. To whit: a carpet bombing of Eden 7, a "bloody triumph" against the pacifists of the Gandhi Nebula, and single-handedly defeating the Retiree People of the Assisted Living Nebula. This is to instantly show that Zapp's [[GeneralFailure tactical skills]] are only matched by his [[GeneralRipper morality]]. One particularly cringe-worthy "accomplishment" is shutting down a rampaging group of Kill-Bots, which sound impressive, until he goes on to tell you he did it by [[WeHaveReserves throwing wave after wave of his men at them]], overflowing the robots' kill-counters and causing them to explode.
15th Feb '16 2:39:34 PM merotoker
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** ''TheSimpsons'': "That house is on fire!" "'Motivated seller'!"

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** ''TheSimpsons'': ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': "That house is on fire!" "'Motivated seller'!"



* In a ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip, Calvin reasons that Santa will deem him nice because he hasn't committed any heinous acts such as murder.

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* In a ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' ''ComicStrip/{{Calvin and Hobbes}}'' strip, Calvin reasons that Santa will deem him nice because he hasn't committed any heinous acts such as murder.



* SpinalTap is described as "England's loudest band". The band themselves [[InsultBackfire don't find this particularly faint]], of course - after all, they are the TropeNamer for UpToEleven. Because it's ''one louder''.
* Apparently the best that whoever designed the DVD case for ''Film/BeverlyHillsChihuahua'' could come up with was "The Greatest Chihuahua Movie of All Time". Considering that the only real competition for that title are the sequels, that's not a difficult feat.

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* SpinalTap ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'': Spinal Tap is described as "England's loudest band". The band themselves [[InsultBackfire don't find this particularly faint]], of course - after all, they are the TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} for UpToEleven. Because it's ''one louder''.
* Apparently the best that whoever designed the DVD case for ''Film/BeverlyHillsChihuahua'' could come up with was "The Greatest Chihuahua Movie of All Time". [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative Considering that the only real competition for that title are the sequels, that's not a difficult feat.]]



* Reversed by Creator/DorothyLSayers in ''[[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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* Reversed by Creator/DorothyLSayers in ''[[LordPeterWimsey ''[[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".



-->'''Beverly:''' Well, it must be nice being able to vaccuum the entire home without having to change outlets.

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-->'''Beverly:''' Well, it must be nice being able to vaccuum vacuum the entire home without having to change outlets.



* The main premise of an ''Series/ICarly'' episode: Carly's webshow lands a sponsorship from a new type of wonder shoe. When the shoe fails to deliver, the team piles on "faint praise" to fulfill the contract without lying to their fans.

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* The main premise of an ''Series/ICarly'' ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' episode: Carly's webshow lands a sponsorship from a new type of wonder shoe. When the shoe fails to deliver, the team piles on "faint praise" to fulfill the contract without lying to their fans.



* Of Oliver's production of ''AMidsummerNightsDream'' in ''SlingsAndArrows'', the janitor diplomatically says, "The production values are very high." And they are; it's just a shame that half the actors are crap and the blocking means you can't actually hear the delivery of the good ones. In the audience, the minister of culture is listening to the hockey game on a portable radio - and in the tech booth, the stage manager and ''Oliver himself'' are watching it on TV.

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* Of Oliver's production of ''AMidsummerNightsDream'' ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' in ''SlingsAndArrows'', ''Series/SlingsAndArrows'', the janitor diplomatically says, "The production values are very high." And they are; it's just a shame that half the actors are crap and the blocking means you can't actually hear the delivery of the good ones. In the audience, the minister of culture is listening to the hockey game on a portable radio - and in the tech booth, the stage manager and ''Oliver himself'' are watching it on TV.



* In ''{{Jessie}}'', while seeing an horrible perfomance by officer Petey and being asked for a opinion. Zuri says that he is "better actor than [[PoliceAreUseless policeman]]".

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* In ''{{Jessie}}'', ''Series/{{Jessie}}'', while seeing an a horrible perfomance performance by officer Petey and being asked for a opinion. Zuri says that he is a "better actor than [[PoliceAreUseless policeman]]".



* ''FlightOfTheConchords'': New Zealand's fourth most popular digi-folk duo.

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* ''FlightOfTheConchords'': ''Music/FlightOfTheConchords'': New Zealand's fourth most popular digi-folk duo.



* Keith Moon, TheWho's {{Cloudcuckoolander}} drummer, once made the bold claim that he was "the best Keith Moon-type drummer in the world".

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* Keith Moon, TheWho's Music/TheWho's {{Cloudcuckoolander}} drummer, once made the bold claim that he was "the best Keith Moon-type drummer in the world".






* In ''{{Hairspray}}'', Tracy's mother thanks Velma Von Tussle for letting Tracy appear on her TV show (she didn't, actually; the decision had been made without her and she protested vehemently). Velma diplomatically replies, "Well, Tracy has certainly... redefined our standards."

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* In ''{{Hairspray}}'', ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'', Tracy's mother thanks Velma Von Tussle for letting Tracy appear on her TV show (she didn't, actually; the decision had been made without her and she protested vehemently). Velma diplomatically replies, "Well, Tracy has certainly... redefined our standards."



* In ''[[KatamariDamacy Beautiful Katamari]]'', if the King of All Cosmos isn't impressed with your rolling results, but still turns it into a star, he'll observe "At least it doesn't take up much space..." Of course, he doesn't shy away from ''straight insults'', either...

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* In ''[[KatamariDamacy ''[[VideoGame/KatamariDamacy Beautiful Katamari]]'', if the King of All Cosmos isn't impressed with your rolling results, but still turns it into a star, he'll observe "At least it doesn't take up much space..." Of course, he doesn't shy away from ''straight insults'', either...



* ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'''s character bios list Karis, an overbearing and easily-annoyed {{Tsundere}}, as the "most levelheaded" of the starting three characters. This speaks volumes ([[SilentProtagonist or not]]) about Matthew, ''the hero''.
* In ''KatawaShoujo'', when discussing grouping with Misha and Shizune, the former being the least academically gifted of all the main characters, [[FirstPersonSmartass Hisao]] says that Misha's handwriting is nice.
** Akira says the best part about visiting her parents' house in Scotland was that it was by the beach. She hasn't forgiven them for [[ParentalAbandonment leaving them behind in Japan years ago]].

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* ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'''s ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'''s character bios list Karis, an overbearing and easily-annoyed {{Tsundere}}, as the "most levelheaded" of the starting three characters. This speaks volumes ([[SilentProtagonist or not]]) about Matthew, ''the hero''.
* In ''KatawaShoujo'', when discussing grouping with Misha and Shizune, the former being the least academically gifted of all the main characters, [[FirstPersonSmartass Hisao]] says that Misha's handwriting is nice.
** Akira says the best part about visiting her parents' house in Scotland was that it was by the beach. She hasn't forgiven them for [[ParentalAbandonment leaving them behind in Japan years ago]].
hero''.



* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''
** When discussing grouping with Misha and Shizune, the former being the least academically gifted of all the main characters, [[FirstPersonSmartass Hisao]] says that Misha's handwriting is nice.
** Akira says the best part about visiting her parents' house in Scotland was that it was by the beach. She hasn't forgiven them for [[ParentalAbandonment leaving them behind in Japan years ago]].



* In one ''BoyMeetsBoy'' [[http://boymeetsboy.keenspot.com/d/20001201.html strip:]]

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* In one ''BoyMeetsBoy'' ''Webcomic/BoyMeetsBoy'' [[http://boymeetsboy.keenspot.com/d/20001201.html strip:]]



* A prison tattooist in SomethingPositive has the slogan "Come see Edna! You won't get hepatitis!"

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* A prison tattooist in SomethingPositive ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' has the slogan "Come see Edna! You won't get hepatitis!"




* ''Website/{{Gamespot}}'' has pros and cons for every game. [[http://www.gamespot.com/reviews/hour-of-victory-review/1900-6173411/ For ''Hour Of Victory'']] the pro is "Thankfully, no one is forcing you to play this game".
** For the ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'' [[http://www.gamespot.com/reviews/deal-or-no-deal-review/1900-6175994/ adaptation]], the "pro" which also shows up in the cons section, is that " There are voice samples from Howie Mandel"/

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\n* ''Website/{{Gamespot}}'' has pros and cons for every game.
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[[http://www.gamespot.com/reviews/hour-of-victory-review/1900-6173411/ For ''Hour Of Victory'']] the pro is "Thankfully, no one is forcing you to play this game".
** For the ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'' [[http://www.gamespot.com/reviews/deal-or-no-deal-review/1900-6175994/ adaptation]], the "pro" which also shows up in the cons section, is that " There are voice samples from Howie Mandel"/
Mandel"



** While reviewing ''Film/MenInBlackII'', she complains that ItsTheSameNowItSucks, and says that ''TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' of all sequels tried something different.

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** While reviewing ''Film/MenInBlackII'', she complains that ItsTheSameNowItSucks, and says that ''TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' of all sequels tried something different.



** In one that he even feels a bit ashamed: as much as he hates ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', JimCarrey's performance is better than MikeMyers in ''Film/TheCatInTheHat''.

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** In one that he even feels a bit ashamed: as much as he hates ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', JimCarrey's Creator/JimCarrey's performance is better than MikeMyers Creator/MikeMyers in ''Film/TheCatInTheHat''.



* An [[InvertedTrope inverted]] version of this trope is [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] in ''The Legend of Hercules'' (2014) episode of ''WebVideo/MidnightScreenings'', in which [[Creator/BradJones Brad]] and Brian overhear two men talking about the film after seeing it. The first man unfavorably compares the film to the show ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'', stating how "much better" the show is, before adding at the end that the movie was still "pretty fucking good, though".

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* An [[InvertedTrope inverted]] version of this trope is [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] in ''The Legend of Hercules'' (2014) episode of ''WebVideo/MidnightScreenings'', in which [[Creator/BradJones Brad]] Creator/{{Brad|Jones}} and Brian overhear two men talking about the film after seeing it. The first man unfavorably compares the film to the show ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'', stating how "much better" the show is, before adding at the end that the movie was still "pretty fucking good, though".



* In {{Moviebob}}'s review of RobZombie's ''Film/HalloweenII2009'', he says that it's the best ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' film since Creator/JohnCarpenter's original, though he admits that, given the standards of all the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' movies released in between, that's not saying much. {{Subverted|Trope}} in that he enjoyed the film anyway in spite of its flaws.

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* In {{Moviebob}}'s [[Creator/BobChipman Moviebob]]'s review of RobZombie's Music/RobZombie's ''Film/HalloweenII2009'', he says that it's the best ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' film since Creator/JohnCarpenter's original, though he admits that, given the standards of all the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' movies released in between, that's not saying much. {{Subverted|Trope}} in that he enjoyed the film anyway in spite of its flaws.



-->'''Todd''': "As a singer, Chris brown is a really good dancer."

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-->'''Todd''': "As a singer, Chris brown Brown is a really good dancer."



* Yahtzee of WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation reviews video games, and despite the AccentuateTheNegative theme of his reviews, tries to come up with a few compliments. For FIFA 2013, though, he just had this to say:

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* Yahtzee of WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' reviews video games, and despite the AccentuateTheNegative theme of his reviews, tries to come up with a few compliments. For FIFA 2013, though, he just had this to say:



** After spending a lot of time complaining about the story for ''MetroidOtherM'', he [[InvertedTrope praises the gameplay with faint damnation]]:

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** After spending a lot of time complaining about the story for ''MetroidOtherM'', ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'', he [[InvertedTrope praises the gameplay with faint damnation]]:



* While watching ''Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot'', when watching Wonder Woman brutally take down a suspect and take his blood without legal right to, [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] says, "At least she used a sterile needle."

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* While watching ''Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot'', when After watching Wonder Woman brutally take down a suspect and take his blood without legal right to, to in [[Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot the 2011 pilot]], [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] says, "At least she used a sterile needle."






** In an episode, one of Peter's cutoff gags had RingoStarr showing the rest of Music/TheBeatles a song he had just written. Their response? "Very good! We'll put this right on the fridge, right here where everyone can see it."

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** In an episode, one of Peter's cutoff gags had RingoStarr Music/RingoStarr showing the rest of Music/TheBeatles a song he had just written. Their response? "Very good! We'll put this right on the fridge, right here where everyone can see it."



* In the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch ''Ebert and Roper at the Movies'' (where Roper is is replaced by Creator/MNightShyamalan after Roper comes down with a case of who-gives-a-[bleep]), the ''only'' movie Creator/RogerEbert isn't openly scathing in reviewing falls under this trope:

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch ''Ebert and Roper at the Movies'' (where Roper is is replaced by Creator/MNightShyamalan after Roper comes down with a case of who-gives-a-[bleep]), the ''only'' movie Creator/RogerEbert isn't openly scathing in reviewing falls under this trope:



* [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Hank Hill]] has so little in common with his son Bobby he has difficulty even ''faintly'' praising him. When Bobby is suffering from feelings of extreme stress, Peggy tells Hank to compliment him, then when Hank is speechless, she has to provide him with one; "He has nice hair." Which Hank only proceeds to turn into even ''fainter'' praise.

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* [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': Hank Hill]] Hill has so little in common with his son Bobby he has difficulty even ''faintly'' praising him. When Bobby is suffering from feelings of extreme stress, Peggy tells Hank to compliment him, then when Hank is speechless, she has to provide him with one; "He has nice hair." Which Hank only proceeds to turn into even ''fainter'' praise.



* [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends Garfield]] once pointed out that when your boss tries to set you up with his daughter, the more praise for things like her personality, the fatter she is.

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* [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends Garfield]] WesternAnimation/{{Garfield|AndFriends}} once pointed out that when your boss tries to set you up with his daughter, the more praise for things like her personality, the fatter she is.



* A fairly popular anecdote from the final days of SovietRussia talks about a group of Japanese businessmen being given the grand tour. As they are shown each sight, their only comment is "you have wonderful children". Factories? "You have very beautiful children". Grand new buildings? "Your children are very well behaved". Brand news cars? "J-Just wonderful children in general". When finally cornered and pressed to comment on something beside the children, they go "You really have absolutely wonderful children here. But everything you build using your hands is TERRIBLE". The Russian guides really should have been satisfied with their faint praise.
* In the preface to his short story collection ''EastAndWest'', WSomersetMaugham lampshaded this trope by commenting that a disconcertingly large number of critics described his stories as "competent."

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* A fairly popular anecdote from the final days of SovietRussia UsefulNotes/{{Soviet Russia|UkraineAndSoOn}} talks about a group of Japanese businessmen being given the grand tour. As they are shown each sight, their only comment is "you have wonderful children". Factories? "You have very beautiful children". Grand new buildings? "Your children are very well behaved". Brand news cars? "J-Just wonderful children in general". When finally cornered and pressed to comment on something beside the children, they go "You really have absolutely wonderful children here. But everything you build using your hands is TERRIBLE". The Russian guides really should have been satisfied with their faint praise.
* In the preface to his short story collection ''EastAndWest'', WSomersetMaugham Creator/WSomersetMaugham lampshaded this trope by commenting that a disconcertingly large number of critics described his stories as "competent."



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