Complaining about hypocrisy
Sometimes somebody criticises another person for doing something that they are also guilty of. English people just love pointing this out and that's why there are so many phrases.
10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing:
- Look who's talking!
- You can talk!
- That's rich, coming from you!
- That's the pot calling the kettle black.
- I seem to remember, not so long ago...
- Yeah, and you're so much better
- And you're so squeaky clean.
- Take a look in the mirror sometime.
- People in glass houses...
- Says Mr. Perfect.
How To Use These Phrases In Your English:
- We use phrases 1 and 2 to react (quite suddenly) when somebody says something hypocritical.
- Phrase 4 is an old idiom. It refers to the time when people heated metal pots and kettles over a fire and they soon became black with soot from the fire.
- We follow phrase 5 with a description of the time in the past when the other speaker did something that they are now criticising.
- Phrases 6 and 7 are quite sarcstic. Use with care.
- Phrase 9 is the first part of an old idiom. The complete form is 'people in glasshouses shouldn't throw stones'.