Where did the expression its like the pot calling the kettle black originate from?
It came from the time when cooking was done in a pot and water was boiled in a kettle by hanging them over a fire. They both got charred on the bottom.
Nothing. It's "pot calling the kettle black." That means that the black pot is trying to insult the black kettle by calling it black, when both cooking pots are the same color. This means that whatever the person just pointed out or commented about, the same thing can be said about them. Example: Bob just made fun of Sally being over-weight, if that isn't the pot calling the kettle black!
The phrase, "pot calling the kettle black," originated in the 1600's or the 17th century, it was originally used to point out hypocrisy in others. Authors and people who wrote plays used this comparison. Many find it to be racist or nonsense, but it makes very much sense if one knows that most pots and kettles were made out of cast-iron (which turns black with heat) in the 17th century.
The "kettle calling the pot black" refers to a time when kettles and pots were normally heated over an open flame. The smoke from the flames would blacken the bottom of whatever vessel was placed over the fire. Consequently, if a kettle was blackened on the bottom from the fire, any pot placed over the same fire would also be blackened on the bottom. Accordingly, to say that someone/thing is like "the pot calling the…
That is someone criticizing another for an action that he himself has done or for a characteristic that he himself shares. It refers a cooking container criticizing another cooking container for becoming blackened through use despite the first container being equally blackened. The phrase is used to point out somebody's hypocrisy. On old wood stoves the pot and kettle were usually blackened from soot, therefor if the Pot were to insult the Kettle by calling…
It's "That's a case of the pot calling the kettle black." This phrase means that one person is accusing another of being or doing something when the first person is or is doing the same thing. The phrase began back when food was cooked over a fire, and the smoke turned all the pots and kettles black.
Why does the pot call the kettle black then the pot is black not the kettle should it not be the other way around?
The Pot Calling The Kettle Black = to criticize someone else for something that could equally well apply to oneself. (suggests a certain blindness to one's own characteristics) Example: "Ah, look who finally decided to join us: Mr. Tardy, himself." Response: "Aren't you the pot calling the kettle black! You're always the last one to show up to everything!" (Takes one to know one!) Background: In medieval kitchens, "the pot" (for cooking food) and "the…
The Blame Games has the same meaning as "kettle calling pot black" No, you wouldn't play it as a "game". e.g. "Well, if you want to play the blame game, what about when you ate the biscuits and blamed me?" Answer: "Then you blamed me when you dropped the biscuit barrell trying to get it away from me and it broke!"
'In the black' and 'in the red' originate from classic accounting. Credits are entered in the journal in black ink, and debits are entered in red ink. After they are all totalled together, you are making a profit if your total is 'in the black'. If, however, the total is 'in the red', you are operating at a loss.