When I was developing my dissertation topic, I had never heard of “microagressions” and invented my own word for the phenomenon: cryptosemic praise. These papers were written a few years back. I would like to think that my understanding of cryptosemes has grown much more sophisticated since then. Nonetheless, these exploratory articles might still be of value because they show the birth of an idea and demonstrate what puzzling out through one’s own theories looks like (and I feel sentimental about them anyway :)).

Compliments that Undermine and Reprimands that Flatter: Locating and Defining Cryptosemes in Beauty Talk 

Thanks for the Compliment!? Exploring Cryptosemic Praise as a Face-saving Strategy

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