As "honorable mentions" is defined to be

a commendation given to a candidate in an examination or competition who is not awarded a prize.

What would be an expression used for the opposite of that? My guess would be something like "dishonorable mentions", but I haven't really heard anyone use that expression before. I assume the meaning would be understood nonetheless, but is there a commonly used variant for such an expression that I'm not aware of?

  • What do you mean by "opposite" Is "winning a prize" the opposite. Is "not winning and not being commended" the opposite? In general, noun phrases don't have "opposites" (what is the opposite of "big dog"? "small cat"?)
    – James K
    Jan 18, 2021 at 23:39
  • By "opposite" I mean "not winning, and being mentioned in a dishonorable light", instead of "not winning, but honorably mentioned".
    – User
    Jan 18, 2021 at 23:42

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It is so rare that there no usage.

The judge may want to highlight some entries that did very well, but not quite well enough to win a prize. Everyone else is just not mentioned. I can't think of a situation in which a Judge says "Before I announce the winner let me mention some people who did really badly."

That would be a form of "shaming".

To "shame" someone is to make someone feel embarrassed"

The teacher shamed Katy in front of the class by reading her essay. She spent the rest of the day sobbing in the toilets.


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