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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Word Origins twenty-eight, The word origin

  • today is 'Sour Grapes. \" Okay. Let's take a look at the note here. If

  • you describe a person's thinking or attitude as sour

  • grapes, you mean that they say a particular thing is of no value or not

  • desirable because they actually want it but they know they cannot get it, or

  • they cannot have it or they cannot win it. So basically if one's attitude is

  • sour grapes they will criticize something as bad and pretend they don't

  • want it. Like I didn't want it anyway. It stinks who wants that anyway. Forget it.

  • It's a waste of time. But in reality they do want it. Okay. So let's take a look at the

  • note here. Let's see what the origin of this actually does come from. Of course

  • the origin of this phrase comes directly from one of Aesop's, Aesop's fables \"The

  • Fox and the Grapes.' According to the story a very hungry fox saw some

  • delicious ripe grapes. He tried many, many ways to get them. To

  • reach and get them, but all his attempts were in vain. They were useless. He

  • couldn't get it. Finally he gave up and started and started walking away ....so as

  • he started walking away, he declared ah the grapes are sour and not ripe as

  • I thought. Ah. .Who wanted them anyway ? So it's just as well I couldn't reach them.

  • Ah. They are bad. So this is , this is where this comes from. Even though, we still

  • use this phrase today, it comes from thousands of years ago. All the way from

  • one of Aesop's fables. Okay. Let's just give one example. The way we

  • might hear it today or use it today . It's an a/b part. A says James says that

  • trophy was cheap-looking and ugly. So it is just as well he didn't win it.

  • And B would say, Ah, don't listen to him. It's just sour grapes or maybe his

  • attitude is just sour grapes. If he won it. he would be showing it off to

  • everybody. He'd be really proud of it. So anyway. That's the way we use it. Anyway I

  • hope you got it. I hope it's clear . Thank you for your time, Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Word Origins twenty-eight, The word origin

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