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Dec 16, 2021
This week’s theme
Fruits

This week’s words
apple knocker
banana oil
razz
sour grapes
peachy

sour grapes make the best whine
Sour grapes make the best whine
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sour grapes

PRONUNCIATION:
(SOU-uhr graypz)

MEANING:
noun: Finding fault with or expressing disdain for something one cannot have.

ETYMOLOGY:
From the Aesop’s fable The Fox and the Grapes, in which a hungry fox tries to reach grapes hanging on a high vine and when unsuccessful, declares that the grapes are probably sour. Earliest documented use: 1760.

USAGE:
“Although everything about him was theoretically perfect, personally I hadn’t been particularly impressed. Okay, maybe it was sour grapes.”
Elizabeth Young; A Promising Man; William Morrow; 2002.

See more usage examples of sour grapes in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead, anthropologist (16 Dec 1901-1978)

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