Wash your dirty linen at home (French). The French say the
English do not follow the advice of washing their dirty
linen en famille—meaning that they talk
openly and freely of the faults committed by ministers, corporations,
and individuals. All may see their dirty linen; and as for its
washing, let it be washed, and the English care not who has the doing
of it. Horace (2 Ep., i. 220) says,
“Vineta egomet cædam mea” (I do my own
washing at home). Though the French assert that we disregard this
advice, we have the familiar proverb, “It is an ill bird that
fouls its own nest.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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