there is no accounting for tastes

It is impossible to explain why different people like different things (especially things that do not appeal to the speaker). Also now in the form there is no accounting for taste. The saying is a version of the Latin tag de gustibus non est disputandum, there is no disputing about tastes. Cf. 1599 J. MINSHEU Dialogues in Spanish 6 Against ones liking there is no disputing.

1794 A. RADCLIFFE Mysteries of Udolpho I. xi. I have often thought the people he disapproved were much more agreeable than those he admired;—but there is no accounting for tastes.

1889 GISSING Nether World II. viii. There is no accounting for tastes. Sidney..not once..congratulated himself on his good fortune.

1985 R. REEVES Doubting Thomas iv. ‘You’re usually in here with a little guy, wears a rug. Looks like he gets his suits from Sears. Paisley ties... There’s no accounting for taste.’


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