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Common Everyday Phrases Newsletter: black sheep, no way, left-handed compliment
December 12, 2008

Common Everyday Phrases

black sheep

no way

left-handed compliment

Amy: "Hi, Arthur, I'm so glad you're home!"

Arthur: (after becoming very unpopular at work due to yesterday's promotion) "Thanks, Amy. At least I'm not the black sheep of my family like I am at the office."

Amy: "No way, Arthur! Just look at this long list of things I wrote down. You are better at all of them than I am!"

Arthur: (reading the long list) "Rearrange the furniture in the living room to make room for the Christmas tree, carry the boxes of ornaments down from the attic, put lights around the outside of the house, put up the dancing snowman in the yard...Amy, do you know the meaning of left-handed compliment?"

black sheep
unpopular member of a group

no way
absolutely not

left-handed compliment
insincere praise;
insult disguised as praise


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