Posted by R. Berg on March 02, 2004
In Reply to: "Sour note" posted by Kathy on March 02, 2004
: I'm looking for a formal definition for sour note. I can find sour grapes but it was not used in that context.
: A newspaper article said "the coaches 2 decade career ends on a sour note". This was high school basketball and they lost the coaches last game. No one in the article had sour anything and the coach had great career. I believe the term "sour note" was not used in the right context.
A sour note is any unpleasant event. For the coach, losing the last game would qualify.