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, anyway. John's new boyfriend is kind of a bore to be honest, but John seems to be absolutely smitten with him, so there's no accounting for taste.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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’.
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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!’
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