there's no accounting for taste


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there's no accounting for taste

People like or dislike things for inexplicable reasons. How this utter trash could be at the top of the box office for three weeks is beyond me. There's no accounting for taste, I guess. John's new boyfriend is kind of a bore to be honest, but John seems to be absolutely smitten with him. There's no accounting for taste.
See also: accounting, for, no, taste
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There is no accounting for taste(s).

Prov. You cannot blame different people because they like different things, even if you do not understand why they like what they like. Jill: I can't believe so many people are going to see that idiotic movie. Jane: There's no accounting for tastes.
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There's no accounting for taste.

Prov. Cliché There is no explanation for people's preferences. Look at that purple and orange car! There's no accounting for taste. Some people seemed to like the music, although I thought it was worse than noise. There's no accounting for taste.
See also: accounting, for, no, taste
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

no accounting for tastes, there's

Individual likes and dislikes defy explanation, as in They painted their house purple-there's really no accounting for tastes. This expression, first put as no disputing about tastes, dates from the mid-1600s; the present wording was first recorded in 1794. A mid-20th-century synonym that originated in the American South is different strokes for different folks. For a far older synonym, see one man's meat.
See also: accounting, for, no
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

there's no accounting for taste

People say there's no accounting for taste when they are talking about someone who likes something that they think it is strange to like. Cherise says her favourite band is Westlife (there's no accounting for taste).
See also: accounting, for, no, taste
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

there's no accounting for tastes

it's impossible to explain why different people like different things, especially those things which the speaker considers unappealing. proverb
Since the late 18th century, this has been the usual English form of the Latin expression de gustibus non est disputandum ‘there is no disputing about tastes’.
See also: accounting, for, no, taste
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there’s no accounting for ˈtaste(s)

(saying) used to express surprise at another person’s likes and dislikes which are different from your own: ‘She’s just painted her whole room purple.’ ‘Well, there’s no accounting for taste!’
See also: accounting, for, no, taste
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no accounting for tastes, there is no

Each to his or her own preference. This locution for the inexplicability of likes (and dislikes) began as “there is no disputing about tastes” in the sixteenth century. It was changed to “accounting for” by the early nineteenth century. Anthony Trollope, in the last of his Barset Chronicles (1867), said of Major Grantly as a suitor, “There was . . . no accounting for tastes.” A similar mid-twentieth-century phrase that is on its way to clichédom is different strokes for different folks, which originated in American regional slang. All these are synonymous with the much older proverb, One man’s meat is another’s poison, originating in Roman times and proverbial since about 1700. See also to each his own.
See also: accounting, for, no, there
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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