The problem with most people is that they often do not want to say bad things about others directly – either because they do not want to be the bad guy, or they don’t bother to be frank. Below are examples of such double talk, with the interpreted meaning in parenthesis.
A questioning mind (A troublemaker)
A promising employee (Always promising to work, never does.)
Has a flair for creative writing (A liar)
Is more proficient at reading than writing (Illiterate)
Imaginative use of words (Foul-mouthed)