de gustibus non est disputandum

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Origin uncertain; likely of medieval (Scholastic) origin,[1] 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.


de gustibus non est disputandum

  1. 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])



  1. ^ de gustibus non est disputandum on Italian Wikipedia