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Idiom! #1: Pots and Kettles

Jul 11, 2018

Recently, I heard an idiom that I haven’t heard in a while. I thought I would share it.

Today’s idiom: “Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black.”

This means that someone is criticizing someone for something they also do; someone accuses someone of something that they also do.

For example:

Daughter about sister: Mom! She is so messy! She always leaves her clothes everywhere and never cleans up anything!

Mom: *laughs* Well, isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black. I just picked up your socks downstairs.

This idiom is about hypocrisy

Hypocrisy: saying you have standards or beliefs but your behaviour does not match.

Example: Your friend says that people should never drink alcohol, but he sometimes drinks alcohol.

Have you heard this one before? When could you use this?

Come and learn more idioms in my Informal Vocabulary lesson!


Image source: https://vikingbymarriage.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/double-standards-and-hypocrisy/

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