Listen before you speak. Really think about what you want to articulate. Sometimes what sounds like a good idea in our minds.... is most definitely not. Praising a person is about telling them something comforting; comfort doesn't arrive with a backend smack. Just an FYI!

Redditor u/houstonproblem1 wanted to hear how some of us have been told how great we are in ways that left us empty by asking.... What's the worst compliment you've ever got?

HUGE!!

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My mom's friend told me this. "Yours is the only huge nose that probably does not need plastic surgery." I still don't know how to feel about this. dosababy

That hurt me. 

One of my seniors once told me that I reminded him of his younger self. The problem is he is like the worst guy in my office. That hurt me. Reddit

Or maybe he's making a depressing self aware look at himself? In you he sees his better years? glugunner77

Robust! 

I look robust. LulaBruce

You're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal. hanbanan07

Yer sturdy, you look like you could take a punch! termolecularxn

The Eyes have It! 

"Your eyeballs always look so lubricated"

I have watery eyes, thank you allergies. He was a colleague who told me during our first ever conversation that he had already found me on Facebook. The 'compliment' about my eyeballs came after that.. Keeks157

"Of course Mr. Jordan."

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Michael Jordan said to me "Thanks, at least you're good for something."

He was a guest at our golf course on a very rainy day. If not for his scheduled visit, the course would've been shut down for the day. It was an absolute ghost town.

His group started without him. When he arrived they loaded his bag onto the cart to meet up with his group. I was standing about 50 feet away minding my own business. He called me over and asked if he could have the towel I was holding. I replied "Of course Mr. Jordan." Thats when I got the unwarranted "compliment." Fthewigg

Yes to Math! 

High school math teacher told me I got the brains and my sibling (2 years older than me) got the looks. I noticed later on that most of the teachers in my high school tended to make unprofessional comments to students who they were close to. Most were seen as jokes but I remember a Spanish teacher who would flirt with any attractive boys in her class (the football and popular boys). nuruchi

Siblings....

Upon my now wife meeting my family for the first time. My mom doesn't have the best way of words, she said "You guys look like brother and sister!" We do a similar skin tone, eyes, and hair color.

My step dad shuffled her to the other room quickly. SoMediocreItsAverage

"a social doorway"

I had this buddy who didn't have a lot of friends and I'd always invite her out to hang with mine. She kept doing some pretty messed up stuff and just made excuses when we talked bout it, so I started distancing myself. Then she said she didn't wanna lose my friendship because I was "a social doorway."

I love introducing my friends to each other and it makes me so happy when they get on/become buddies independently from me. But hearing that that was all I was to her kinda bummed me out. charliebars

You Too. 

A dude was opening up a topless bar in my small town, my grandma patted my thigh and said "You'll be working there soon, won't you?" I was 15. She didn't have any mental issues, just a withered black heart. lovelesscreator

I have a mean aunt who told me only whores wore tank tops... after she took me to shopping to spend a gift card. Guess what I had just picked out? KookieBaron

Flat Earth.

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It's a toss up between "you know your butt isn't as flat as it used to be" and "you are not such a funny shape any more" courtesy of 2 different aunts.

I really never thought I had a flat butt or that I was a funny shape! No one like family to boost your self esteem. cantfindausername12

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