Sour grapes

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Sour grapes may refer to:


  • Pretending that one doesn't want something, because one does not or cannot have it. (The expression originated in "The Fox and the Grapes," one of Aesop's Fables)
  • An allusion to the line in Jeremiah (31:29) and Ezekiel (18:2) (KJV): "The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge."


  • "Sour Grapes", a song by English punk band Leatherface
  • "Sour Grapes", a song by Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan under the moniker Puscifer
  • "Sour Grapes", a song by John Prine, from Diamonds in the Rough
  • "Sour Grapes", a song by The Descendents, from the album Enjoy!
  • "Sour Grapes", a song by John The Ghost (John O'Callaghan, front man of the alternative band, 'The Maine') From his side project, "Sincerely, John the Ghost" EP


  • Sour Grapes (book), a book of poems by William Carlos Williams
  • Sour Grapes: Studies in the Subversion of Rationality (Cambridge, 1983), a book by Jon Elster describing the phenomenon of adaptive preference formation


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