Martin Pietrucha, loyal malaphor follower, unintentionally uttered this one the other night while talking with his kids. It is a mashup of “sour grapes” (someone is angry or bitter because he has not gotten something that he wants) and “a bitter pill to swallow” (an unwanted situation that someone is forced to accept). “Sour” and “bitter” seem to be the culprits here, both are two of the five basic tastes (sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami). Also one swallows grapes as well as pills. A big thanks to Martin for sending this one in.
This great quote comes from boxer Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs in his recent fight with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. At the end of the fight, Jacobs discussed his loss, and said “all I can do is not cry over sour milk and continue to move forward.” Video clip is below. This is a mash up of “don’t cry over spilled milk” (don’t be upset over something that can’t be fixed) and “sour grapes”(disparaging what one cannot obtain). The speaker must have been thinking about that time he went to put milk on his cereal and the milk had turned sour, way beyond the expiration date. That has happened to me a few times, and yes I did cry.
Speaking of the idiom “sour grapes”, it comes from the Greek writer Aesop’s famous fable about a fox that cannot reach some grapes on a high vine and announces that they are sour. In English the fable was first recorded in William Caxton’s 1484 translation, “The fox said these raisins be sour.” A tip of the hat to Mike Ameel for hearing this one and passing it on, and to Susan Ameel for properly deconstructing the malaphor!