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  • Person A and B go to the movies
  • Person B drinks very loudly throughout the movie
  • Later that night person C comes over to person A and B's home
  • In a "joking" manner, Person A says something negative about people that drink loudly to person C, while person B is in the room. Person C is unaware that person A was indirectly attacking person B

What is the term for the comment made by person A to person C?

  • Somehow I'm thinking of the word 'taunt'. dictionary.com/browse/taunt – SovereignSun Nov 1 '16 at 8:14
  • Its not meant to draw a reaction from person B. More like put down person B indirectly. For all I know there may not be a term or expression. But that's why I am here – aMammoth Nov 1 '16 at 8:43
  • Maybe a 'remark' or a 'rebuke', 'reprimand ', 'reproof ', 'odium', 'reproach' – SovereignSun Nov 1 '16 at 8:57
  • Just to clarify @aMammoth you are looking for something to specifically describe a remark which is intended to be understood as a rebuke by another, but which would not appear as such to a person outside of that personal dynamic? perhaps a phrase is more likely than a single word, something like 'coded rebuke' or 'covert rebuke'? – Spagirl Nov 1 '16 at 10:52
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I think you're looking for the phrase snide comment or snide remark.

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