Ambiguous Statements

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A Jew is responsible for exercising caution in speech and not making statements which can be misinterpreted as being derogatory.

An example of an ambiguous statement that should not be said is, “He’s a well-meaning fellow,” which can mean, “He’s a well-meaning fellow but not very intelligent,” or, “He’s a well-meaning but his actions are wrong.” If one simply means, “He’s well-meaning and sincere,” then this should be made clear.

Sefer Chofetz Chaim, 12 Tishrei, page 72

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