comparisons are odious

comparisons are odious

To draw an analogy is offensive; one cannot compare apples and oranges fairly. This term was already so well known in Shakespeare’s time that he was able to make a pun—more accurately a malapropism—on it and be sure it would be perfectly understood (“Comparisons are odorous,” says Dogberry in Much Ado about Nothing, 3.5). The earliest reference recorded is from about 1430, and there are equivalents in French, Italian, and numerous other languages.
See also: comparison
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COMPARISONS are odious said some learned person in the 15th century - and deep down I would probably agree with him.
"But I think all comparisons are odious. "How can you adjudicate what is fair pay?
Comparisons are odious, or so it is said, yet they will be inevitable should purser provide his trainer John Gosden with a fifth win in the BetBrightsponsored solario stakes, not the day's most valuable race but arguably the most intriguing.
Obviously this is different, comparisons are odious, we can't compare two different time zones..
COMPARISONS are odious, we're told, and they can certainly be misleading, but how else can you describe a band's sound through the medium of the written word?
--& tho there is no scot-free, & comparisons are odious, all
I know comparisons are odious, but the show was more worthy of television than the show on BBC1 on Sunday, May 8
If, as the saying goes, "comparisons are odious," how much more odious must be the activity of theorizing comparison, which seems only to succeed in doubling the vacuousness and circularity of an already suspect process.
Asked about how India's missile programme squared off against China's, he said, " Comparisons are odious, always difficult, and many times taken out of context.
mrryan1984 They're both wonderful Comparisons are odious. Let us remember Arkle for the wonderful horse he was, and enjoy Kauto Star for the wonderful horse he is.
"Comparisons are odious, but he stands in the same box and he's managed by the same team"
Anyway, the two are not truly comparable and we should really stop trying to compare them because such comparisons are odious.