Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Chacun à son goût - Each to His Own Taste

A bust of the pope in a glass display case on a dining table
Oh c'mon! Chacun à son goût indeed but there must be limits.
(photo by Steph M Clark)

CHACUN À SON GOÛT

Interjection. Late 18th century.
[French.]

Each to his (or her) own taste.

Robbie Williams has chacun à son goût tattooed across his chest, which I think is really tacky. But then that's the whole point, isn't it? If you'd like to hear how chacun à son goût is pronounced in an awful English accent, you can listen to it here. As French expressions go, it's uncharacteristically ugly, looking as if someone's son has a particularly bad case of gout. But then maybe its ugliness is appropriate, considering the horrors that might make one exclaim "Chacun à son goût!" Incidentally, if you would like further reason to make such an exclamation, do please have at look at Lexicolatry's post on bondieuserie by clicking here, and on bling-bling by clicking here, though you may want to pre-set your stomachs to 'nauseated' before doing so.

Do please leave your most tasteful comments below, knowing that they may or may not be to my taste.

9 comments:

  1. Why is there pepper and salt next the Pope? Don't tell me this is from a restaurant!

    I've seen so many bad cases of bondieuserie in Greece, too bad I didn't use that phrase. (I distinctly remember an icon with a tiny lightbulb, you plugged it in and it looked like a tiny flame. All this as part of a 3D approach to Mother Mary holding baby Jesus. And to make matters worse, the owners had placed it on a corner of the ceiling and you could see the cable stretching to get to the plug. What can I say? Chacun a son gout!)

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    1. They certainly look like condiments to me, Evi - now there's something that would put me off my supper.

      I stayed in a B&B once that had one of those plug-in religious things - it was a red crucifix that glowed on the wall. It was so creepy and reminiscent of being in a horror film that I took it down and, hurrah! I wasn't murdered that night.

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    2. Of course you weren't; you had (glowing) divine protection.

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  2. Prince Jefri of Brunei comes to mind. As the older brother of the famous Sultan of Brunei, he's known for his stratospheric spending and horrendous taste. He bought one of the most expensive luxury yachts in the world and then named it 'Tits', and it's two tenders 'Nipple 1' and 'Nipple 2'.
    That's proper class innit?!

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    1. Ha! Wikipedia says he has a collection of 2000 (!!) luxury cars. However, apparently he's also beset by legal troubles, which has compelled him to sell off a lot of his assets. Aww, poor chap.

      I can definitely see this guy featuring in a post in the future (that'll show him) - thanks for telling me about him and his classy yachts.

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  3. I have a friend that is always saying "Tastes are not to be discussed but pitied." and in his so Downton Abbey way he, really, means it... not, even, allowing the "á chacun" because he (seems to) think that there's taste and then there's an eternal sea of sorrows ahahah
    And I bet he hasn't seen Robbie Williams chest. Not sure he even knows who he is...
    I love French expressions. And it sounds lovely here... FYI - Goût in Portuguese is Gosto.
    Take Care,
    Teresa

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    1. Yeah, that's a curious belief. I know people that firmly believe that there is such a thing as good taste and style - not just as a general observation of what's acceptably tasteful in whatever your culture is, but as a definite and concrete phenomenon. And, of course, whoever has such a belief invariably also believes that they are in possession of said good taste.

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  4. I've never heard anyone say "chacun à son goût". We usually just throw in a "des goûts et des couleurs...", which sounds much better.

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    1. I've never heard anyone say it in conversation either, and I suspect if they did, there'd be a lot of blank looks in the room.

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