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    What does "accounting for bad taste" mean?

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    It's a joke, a bad one, but the author thinks he's clever. One thing to remember is that there is no accounting for bad taste.

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    Re: What does "accounting for bad taste" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    One cannot justify or explain why some people do strange things, tell bad jokes, or behave in an unacceptable way. "To account for" means to explain or show why. To account for the money a business made during a day is to show how the money was made (what was sold) and where the money is now.
    So it means "there is no explanation for the bad taste"?

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    Re: What does "accounting for bad taste" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    So it means "there is no explanation for the bad taste"?
    [not a teacher]

    taste:
    7a : critical judgment, discernment, or appreciation b : manner or aesthetic quality indicative of such discernment or appreciation - source

    The phrase, including the "no", is very common in AmE, and is sometimes a mild insult.

    Example:

    1: I love this song!
    2: Well, there's no accounting for bad taste.
    1: Hey! I thought you liked it.
    2: No, it's too "dancy".
    1: You're right. There is no accounting for bad taste. :-p

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