I want to know what it is called when some one accuses someone else of something the accuser also does. Example: If someone says that it's not ok to eat chicken but does so them self, what is that called?


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You can refer to what you are describing as "hypocrisy", and the saying that refers to this context is:

Practice what you preach:

Prov. Cliché You yourself should do the things you advise other people to do.

  • Dad always told us we should only watch an hour of television every day, but we all knew he didn't practice what he preached.

(McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms)


For something softer than "hypocrite" you could call this kind of person a poser or poseur, one who strikes a pose or attitude in an affected or fashionable way but may not be genuine. See OED.

For example, "Johnny claims to be a vegetarian but he eats chicken all the time."

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