de gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum

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  • (Classical) IPA(key): /deː ˈɡus.ti.bus et koˈloː.ri.bus noːn est dis.puˈtan.dum/, [d̪eː ˈɡʊs̠.t̪ɪ.bʊs̠ ɛt̪ kɔˈɫ̪oː.ɾɪ.bʊs̠ noːn ɛs̠t̪ d̪ɪs̠.pʊˈt̪an̪.d̪ʊ̃ˑ]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /de ˈɡus.ti.bus et koˈlo.ri.bus non est dis.puˈtan.dum/, [d̪ɛ ˈɡus.t̪i.bus ɛt̪ kɔˈlɔː.ri.bus nɔn ɛst̪ d̪is.puˈt̪an̪.d̪um]
  • (Vulgar) IPA(key): /deː ˈɡus.ti.βus et koˈloː.ri.βus noːn est dis.puˈtan.dum/, [de ˈɡos.te.βos et koˈβos non est des.poˈdan.dõ]


gustibus et colōribus nōn est disputandum

  1. “Of tastes and colours there is nothing to be disputed.”; “There’s no accounting for taste.
    • 1830, Charles Rogier (1800–1885) d'après des documents inédits, Volume 1 - Ernest Charles Joseph Discailles
      ...extraordinaire le courage qu'il a eu de lire cinq fois Ducis — De gustibus et coloribus non disputandum
    • 1880, Der französische Wortton - T. Merkel
      Every one must judge for himself, when it is a matter of taste or appreciation: de gustibus et coloribus non disputandum; the same may be said of accent.
    • 1882, Monthly notes of the Library Association of the United Kingdom
      De gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum — certainly not with a lady. We shall be glad to know, however, if the opinion of our fair and candid correspondent is generally shared. - Ed.