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Pot, Kettle, Black - What Does It Mean?  
User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8964 posts, RR: 39
Posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6139 times:

So I've read this over and over on A.net and never got around to ask what it means... can someone help me out and explain? Thanks.

PPVRA


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User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6134 times:
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It means being a hypocrite. At one time all pots and kettles were made of black cast iron. Now say the expression, and it will make sense.


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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6134 times:

Its an old phrase a pot is black, a kettle is black. Therefore the phrase the pot calling the kettle black, or variations there off is ment as a sign oh hypocrisy.


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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12113 posts, RR: 49
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6134 times:
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It mean your are criticisizing someone for sonething you are guilty of....


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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6134 times:

"Well, if that ain't the pot callin' the kettle black!"

American colloquialism.

A pot and a kettle are the same thing, and they are both in black when you see the cast iron version.

The colloquialism is used to show that one person is accusing someone else of something of which the first person is also guilty.

Hope that helps.

For instance, when one Anutter calls another Anutter a geek....

pot, meet kettle!



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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6125 times:

Or when 4 different anetters are trying to answer the question at the same time and one accuses the other three of spending too much time on Anet....


 Wink



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User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8964 posts, RR: 39
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6112 times:

Ohh thanks a lot guys!! Got it now  Wink

Cheers



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29802 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6092 times:

Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 1):
At one time all pots and kettles were made of black cast iron.

True but I think the saying refers to the black coating that all pots/pans/kettles used to get in the days when people cooked on an open fire in the kitchen.



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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 43
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6086 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 5):
Or when 4 different anetters are trying to answer the question at the same time and one accuses the other three of spending too much time on Anet....

Oh go get a life!

 Wink



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User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9387 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6077 times:

it's quite old and outdated as all of my pots are shiny and silver and came from Williams Sonoma.


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User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6036 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 5):
Or when 4 different anetters are trying to answer the question at the same time and one accuses the other three of spending too much time on Anet....

.....and a fifth a.nutter deems it necessary to point that out that fact............just kidding, Ian  duck 

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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5989 times:

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 10):
.....and a fifth a.nutter deems it necessary to point that out that fact............

Hey! Don't you have some drunken partygoers to shepherd through that overblown bus station you run?!  duck   Wink



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks ago) and read 5940 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 4):
American colloquialism.

Unlikely. The phrase predates the US by quite some time.



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User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 4024 posts, RR: 28
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5922 times:

Quoting PPVRA (Thread starter):
So I've read this over and over on A.net and never got around to ask what it means...

In Portuguese (from Portugal, I don't know if you use it in Brasil), "Diz o roto ao nu".



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User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5891 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 11):
Hey! Don't you have some drunken partygoers to shepherd through that overblown bus station you run?!

Not until the day after Mardi Gras.....  wink 

Tom at MSY



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