sour grapes : Common Errors in English

About sour grapes

In a famous fable by Aesop, a fox declared that he didn’t care that hecould not reach an attractive bunch of grapes because he imagined theywere probably sour anyway. You express sour grapes when you put downsomething you can’t get: “winning the lottery is just a big headacheanyway.” The phrase is misused in all sorts of ways by people who don’tknow the original story and imagine it means something more general like"bitterness” or “resentment."

sour grapes Meaning(s)

  • (n) disparagement of something that is unattainable

sour grapes in News

  1. Nvidia: Next-gen consoles still can't keep up with our chips

    The company may have sour grapes because the next-gen consoles are running GPUs from competitor AMD. Originally posted at News - Tech Culture
    on June 12, 2013 Source: CNET

  2. Nvidia points out consoles still can't keep up with its chips

    The company might have some sour grapes, since its chief competitor, AMD, has its GPUs running in the next-generation consoles. Originally posted at News - Tech Culture
    on June 12, 2013 Source: CNET

  3. Running: Baird repeats, Kolling leads women

    Brainerd's Owen Baird repeated as men's half marathon champion and Toni Kolling captured the women's title Saturday in the 12th annual Sour Grapes Race at Northland Arboretum. Baird, 40, won with a time of 1:28:36.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Brainerd Dispatch

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