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He who excuses himself, accuses himself

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on May 04, 2006

In Reply to: He who smelt it, dealt it posted by RRC on May 03, 2006

: : he who excuses himself, accuses himself.

: : I want to know the meaning of this phrase.

: It's an answer to the question "Who farted?"
It's a translation of the rather snappier French proverb "Qui s'excuse s'accuse". RRC was joking, smruti: it means "if you feel you have to produce excuses and justifications for something you've done, that shows you really know you're in the wrong".