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Re: Pot calling the kettle black....

Posted by James Briggs on January 24, 2003

In Reply to: Pot calling the kettle black.... posted by Joebagofdonuts on January 24, 2003

: I know what this refers too, but where did the saying come from? And what does it mean?

It means don't criticise someone for imperfections because you, yourself, are also imperfect in many ways.
Where it comes from I'm not sure, but the phrase was in regular use by my mother and grandmother in the 1930s. I guess it's just an allegory