De gustibus non est disputandum

Definition: There is no accounting for taste.

Origin: The latin phrase, pronounced “day GUU stih buus nohn est dih spuu TAHN duum, literally means “about tastes there is no disputing.” The shorthand for this lengthy phrase is “de gustibus’ (concerning tastes). The Romans loved a good debate; however they knew their limitations. Essentially, there is no sense in debating someone’s personal preferences which often defy rationality.

For further reading: Amo, Amas, Amat and More by Eugene Ehrlich, Harper & Row (1985).


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