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One of the phrases that I remember being used and have used not infrequently is:


Well, that's like the pot calling the kettle black.


My memory and understanding of the phrase comes from a time when most kitchen pots, kettles, etc. were cast iron and pretty much black in color. When I use the phrase, I intend  it to mean being hypocritical, but it was pointed out to me lately that it could be taken as racist. This thought had never occurred to me, and wikipedia seems to support what I thought the 'proper' use of the phrase is.

But, there are other sites that go into how it could be taken in a bad way.

Being a southern white male, I try and be sensitive to our history and not hurt people when I don't need (or intend) to, but after thinking about it, I'm thinking anyone who takes it the wrong way is just looking for reasons to be annoyed.


Well, that's like Jabba the Hutt telling Oprah she's fat.


UPDATE: It's been pointed out that I mispelld Jabba the Hutt. This traumatic violation has been fixed.

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Craig Wiseman March 27th, 2008 11:23:22 PM

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