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The comedian responded to the deadly attack on a French satirical magazine by renewing his recent criticism s of the Islamic faith.

What criticism s of last season did you find helpful, and not so helpful?

There are legitimate criticism s of the study, but not because it includes “attempted forced kissing,” as Lowry suggested.

There are a lot of specific criticism s of the culture of the “24-hour news cycle” and “social media” I would agree with.

The president is right in his criticism s, but wrong to reserve them only for the Republican Party.

This habit and the fact that she cares more for color than for drawing are the usual criticism s of her pictures.

Herr W., the owner of the piano, was a remarkable judge of music, and made some excellent criticism s and suggestions.

It was a daring thing on my part and I am sure many a reader of the paper must have smiled at my criticism s.

Moreover, he held strong views on men and movements, and his criticism s told of a man of more than ordinary intellectual acumen.

An author ought to receive with the same moderation all praises and all criticism s on his productions.

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If you dye your hair bright blue, you're likely to get some criticism from people who just don't understand your personal style. When you're on the receiving end of criticism , you are being judged in a disapproving way.

The noun criticism is most often used to describe negative commentary about something or someone, but it's just as correct to use criticism to mean "an examination or judgment." Critics who review books and movies consider their reviews to be criticism, whether they're positive or negative. So the criticism you receive doesn't have to be all about your faults; it can actually be a pleasant experience.

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Soutar was speaking specifically about poor business in his field of soft cover book distribution.




blue-pencil To delete or excise, alter or abridge; to mark for correction or improvement. Used of written matter exclusively, blue-pencil derives from the blue pencil used by many editors to make manuscript changes and comments.

damn with faint praise To praise in such restrained or indifferent terms as to render the praise worthless; to condemn by using words which, at best, express mediocrity. Its first use was probably by Alexander Pope in his 1735 Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot:

Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer.

peanut gallery See INSIGNIFICANCE .

pot shot A random, offhand criticism or condemnation; a censorious remark shot from the hip, lacking forethought and direction. Webster’s Third cites C. H. Page’s reference to

subjects which require serious discussion, not verbal potshots.

Pot shot originally referred to the indiscriminate, haphazard nature of shots taken at game with the simple intention of providing a meal, i.e., filling the pot. By transference, the term acquired the sense of a shot taken at a defenseless person or thing at close range from an advantageous position.

slings and arrows Barbed attacks, stinging criticism; any suffering or affliction, usually intentionally directed or inflicted. The words come from the famous soliloquy in which Hamlet contemplates suicide:

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles

And by opposing end them. (III, i)

As commonly used, the expression often retains the suffer of the original phrase, but usually completes the thought by substituting another object for outrageous fortune , as in the following:

En route to the United States the enterprise has suffered the slings and arrows of detractors as diverse as George Meany and Joseph Papp. (Roland Gelatt, in Saturday Review , February, 1979)

stop-watch critic A hidebound formalist, whose focus is so riveted on traditional criteria or irrelevant minutiae that he fails to attend to or even see the true and total object of his concern. Laurence Sterne gave us the term in Tristram Shandy .

“And how did Garrick speak the soliloquy last night?” “Oh, against all the rule, my lord, most ungrammatically. Betwixt the substantive and the adjective, which should agree together in number, case, and gender, he made a breach, thus—stopping as if the point wanted settling; and betwixt the nominative case, which, your lordship knows, should govern the verb, he suspended his voice in the epilogue a dozen times, three seconds and three-fifths by a stop-watch, my lord, each time.”

“Admirable grammarian! But in suspending his voice was the sense suspended likewise? Did no expression of attitude or countenance fill up the chasm? Was the eye silent? Did you narrowly look?” “I looked only at the stop-watch, my lord.” “Excellent observer!”

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He finds criticism of his team ’s performance hard to take.

It’s not unusual for politicians to attract criticism.

Plans for the new road have drawn fierce criticism from local people .

We always welcome constructive criticism.

The report contains many valid criticisms of the current system.

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