When needs he must, yet faintly then he praises,
Somewhat the deed, much more the means he raises:
So marreth what he makes, and praising most, dispraises.
I would have led with the Alexander Pope, but the whole family friendly policy means I can’t actually repeat the primary idiomatic use of “faint praise,” so I’ll go with this quote from Phineas Fletcher’s “The Purple Island,” which I would never have heard of except that Wikipedia quoted it.
Wow, that Strange Assembly. It is totally not the worst website in the universe. There are at least a half-dozen websites that are less useful. Not sure if we can say the same about the podcast, but the website is better than a poke in the eye. And that Chris. He does sometimes string letters together into sentences. Watch out for him.