What does the saying “Calling The Kettle Black” mean?

What does the saying “calling the kettle black” mean, and where does it come from?

The proper expression is “that’s the pot calling the kettle black.”

It is an expression used as a metaphor when one person accuses another of something which he, himself, does.

“How can you say John is a tax cheat when you haven’t file your own taxes in years? talk about the pot calling the kettle black.”

It is a logical fallacy because, although the speaker is no model of propriety, it doesn’t change the fact that John is not paying his taxes, either.

Accusing someone of faults that one has oneself, as in Tom’s criticizing Dexter for dubious line calls is a case of the pot calling the kettle black, since Tom’s about the worst line judge I’ve ever seen. This expression dates from the days of open-hearth cooking, which blackens practically all the utensils used. [Early 1600s]


something that you say which means someone should not criticize another person for a fault that they have themselves

Elliott accused me of being selfish. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!



yes, I do. it refers to when you point to another person and accuse that person of doing something that you are guilty of doing yourself. Example 1: “I’m tired of you always wearing my clothing!” Answer: “Aren’t you the pot calling the kettle black? You’re wearing my pants right now!” Example 2: “You are accusing me of being lazy? Ha! That’s the pot calling the kettle black!”

The pot calling the kettle black? I think it means someone is a hippocrit.. And it’s just a old people thing:) lol

The phrase is used when someone accuses someone of the very thing they are guilty of. Not sure where it comes from though, I think it’s a common phrase in many countries…

Used to accuse a person of being guilty of the very thing they are pointing out.

Calling someone something that you are, saying something that you’ve said, or of doing something that you do. It may or may not refer to hypocrisy, contradiction or double standards.

Hypocrasy. Like a fat girl calling another fat girl fat.

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