ACET: Idiom of the Day!!
Today’s idiom is SOUR GRAPES!
Sour Grapes means to take on a negative attitude because you cannot have what you want.
This expression comes from one of Aesop’s fables ‘The Fox and the Grapes’.
The fable speaks about a very hungry fox who tried to reach a bunch of grapes hanging from a vine. He tried will all his strength to reach these grapes. He gave up after a while because he could not reach them and to compensate for his failure, he said to himself that the grapes were sour.
• I told my classmate that I got an “A” in the English exam and he just shrugged his shoulders. He didn’t do so well in the exam so I think it was a case of sour grapes.
• When John told Andrew that he got a new car, Andrew had sour grapes and told him that the car was awful.
Have you any experiences that you could use “sour grapes” to describe?