ACET Idiom of the Week!

This week’s idiom is SOUR GRAPES!

Sour Grapes means to take on a negative attitude because you cannot have what you want.

This expression comes from one of Aesop’s fables ‘The Fox and the Grapes’.

The fable speaks about a very hungry fox who tried to reach a bunch of grapes hanging from a vine.  He tried will all his strength to reach these grapes.  He gave up after a while because he could not reach them and to compensate for his failure, he said to himself that the grapes were sour.

sour grapes

Examples:

  • I told my classmate that I got an “A” in the English exam and he just shrugged his shoulders.  He didn’t do so well in the exam so I think it was a case of sour grapes.
  • When John told Andrew that he got a new car, Andrew had sour grapes and told him that the car was awful.

Have you any experiences that you could use “sour grapes” to describe?

 

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