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Pot, Kettle, Black - What Does It Mean?

Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:17 am

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.

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RE: Pot, Kettle, Black - What Does It Mean?

Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:19 am

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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RE: Pot, Kettle, Black - What Does It Mean?

Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:19 am

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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RE: Pot, Kettle, Black - What Does It Mean?

Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:19 am

It mean your are criticisizing someone for sonething you are guilty of....
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RE: Pot, Kettle, Black - What Does It Mean?

Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:20 am

"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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RE: Pot, Kettle, Black - What Does It Mean?

Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:21 am

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....


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RE: Pot, Kettle, Black - What Does It Mean?

Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:28 am

Ohh thanks a lot guys!! Got it now  Wink

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RE: Pot, Kettle, Black - What Does It Mean?

Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:37 am

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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RE: Pot, Kettle, Black - What Does It Mean?

Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:42 am

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!

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RE: Pot, Kettle, Black - What Does It Mean?

Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:46 am

it's quite old and outdated as all of my pots are shiny and silver and came from Williams Sonoma.
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RE: Pot, Kettle, Black - What Does It Mean?

Tue Feb 21, 2006 8:24 am

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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RE: Pot, Kettle, Black - What Does It Mean?

Tue Feb 21, 2006 10:42 am

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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RE: Pot, Kettle, Black - What Does It Mean?

Tue Feb 21, 2006 5:55 pm

Quoting DL021 (Reply 4):
American colloquialism.

Unlikely. The phrase predates the US by quite some time.
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RE: Pot, Kettle, Black - What Does It Mean?

Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:58 pm

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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RE: Pot, Kettle, Black - What Does It Mean?

Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:36 am

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 

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