A friend said something to their dog and it was meant for me. I told her that I am pretty sure that is passive aggressive, but don't think I am correct.

What is this called?

I attempted wording it several different ways, but continually received links that were not applicable.

  • That looks like using someone as a mouthpiece.
    – user 66974
    Jul 1 at 9:15
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    Could you give a concrete example, please? Was it something like "We don't like people wearing blue, do we, Fido"? Also, what did you look up which was not applicable? (Just so others don't suggest the same things, or can explain why something is applicable.)
    – Andrew Leach
    Jul 1 at 9:37
  • It might be passive aggressive but it would depend what was said. If it was "she's beautiful, isn't she, Fido" that would be something else, a shy compliment maybe.
    – Stuart F
    Jul 1 at 9:39
  • ...... Cynicism. Jul 1 at 14:30


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