de gustibus non est disputandum
Origin uncertain; likely of medieval (Scholastic) origin, particularly due to the grammar. An alternative, more recent form: de gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum (“There’s no arguing about tastes and colors.”) originated in French literature in the early 1800s.
- There's no accounting for taste.
- Literally, “It must not be argued about taste.”
- 1710, The life of Henry More - Richard Ward
- ... And when some Reasons were offer'd that such and such Acts in such and such Circumstances are and ought to be in all the Eternal Objects of Anger and Disgust; He reply'd De Gustibus non est disputandum (there is no Disputing concerning Tasts[sic])
- de gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum “There’s no arguing about tastes and colors.”
- suum cuique “To each his own”