This is a perfect example of the frying pan calling the kettle blackPosted: January 26, 2014 | Author: davemalaphor | Filed under: black, COLORS, fire, kettle, THINGS | Tags: expressions, humor, language, malaphor, malaphors, mixed idioms, out of the frying pan into the fire, pot calling the kettle black, words |4 Comments
I am not making these up. This one was from a commenter (UltraLiberal) in response to a New York Times Op-ed by Gail Collins entitled “The Luck of the Pontiff” – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/opinion/collins-the-luck-of-the-pontiff.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0 The commenter posted:
“Anti-Catholicism, with over one Billion Catholics in the world,I don’t think. Catholics have to worry about extinction,This is a perfect example of the frying pan calling the kettle black.”
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Is it not “the fire calling the kettle black?”
As in, criticising someone for a fault you’ve played a part in?
I have always heard the expression as “pot calling the kettle black”. If “fire” a British variant?
Was wondering if you’d actually heard it this way Dave. I heard it long ago, the first time I ever heard the expression used, I think. Pot, kettle… also the ubiquitous version, makes sense and all. Derivation would be nice (likely British, most English-language idioms are).
Never have, Wayne.