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no accounting for tastes, there's

Individual likes and dislikes defy explanation, as in They painted their house purple—there's really no accounting for tastes . This expression, first put as no disputing about tastes , dates from the mid-1600s; the present wording was first recorded in 1794. A mid-20th-century synonym that originated in the American South is different strokes for different folks . For a far older synonym, see one man's meat
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