I have this friend that always says the wrong thing, but has the right intention. We will call him Thad to protect his identity. This may or may not be a picture of him below
One day we were about to go swimming this summer when he turned to me and said, "You look better without make up."
I interpreted it as: "You don't know how to properly apply make up and shouldn't even bother when it just makes you look worse."
His intention was: "You don't need make up, where as many girls do"
How a summer salesman might say it: "You are naturally beautiful"
Thad and a girl friend of mine had been going running every night to recover from the holidays. One night he said to her, "Im so glad that you've been running. I can really tell."
Interpretation: "You were fat. Now you're not as fat."
Intention: "Your hard work is really paying off"
Summer sales: "You are lookin good!"
Another friend was going to start working out with a personal trainer. When she told Thad, he said, "You're not going to do anything to your butt, are you?"
Interpretation: "Im a pervert, and I love your butt"
Intention: "You have a great butt"
Summer sale: "Why would you do that when you already look great?!"
The point is that although Thad says it in the wrong way, his compliments mean so much more than any insincere summer salesman.