This word, like “father,” “mother,” “daughter,” etc., is common
to the whole A'ryan family. Greek, poter, a drinking-vessel;
Latin, poc-ulum- i.e. potaculum; Irish and Swedish, pota; Spanish, pote; German, pott; Danish, potte; French, Welsh, Anglo-Saxon, pott, etc.
Gone to pot.
Ruined, gone to the bad. The allusion is to the pot into which
refuse metal is cast to be remelted, or to be discarded as waste.
“Now and then a farm went to pot.” —Dr. Arbuthnot.
The pot calls the kettle black. This is said of a person who accuses
another of faults committed by himself. The French say, “The shovel
mocks the poker” (La pelle se moque du fourgon).
To betray the pot to the roses.
To betray the rose pot- that is, the pot which contains the
rose-nobles. To “let the cat out of the bag.” (French, Decouvrir le
pot aux roses.)
Brazen and earthen pots.
Gentlemen and artisans, rich and poor, men of mark and those
the fable of the Brazen and Earthen Pots.
“Brazen and earthen pots float together in juxtaposition down the
stream of life.” —Pall Mall Gazette.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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