I hear it all the time in arguments over subjective judgements:
There's no accounting for taste.
Where does this saying come from? Is it a quote or old proverb?
It's an English adaptation of a Latin saying:
Meaning literally regarding taste, there is no dispute. The phrase seems to be of medieval origin. The origin is accepted as Scholastic writings because of the grammar, which is atypical. A more faithful Latin rendering of the phrase might be:
There's some uncertainty about whether gustus (gustibus) or gustatus (gustatibus) is more appropriate.
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It is a loan translation of the latin proverb:
De gustibus non est disputandum
meaning literally "there's nothing to be argued about about taste". I don't know which Latin author first used it or if it was a folk saying.
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