英文諺語 Comparisons are odious

Comparisons are odious 人比人氣死人

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When it comes to weighing Bacon and Shakespeare against each other I find that comparisons are both odious and inapplicable.
有關培根和莎士比亞孰優孰劣的問題,我覺得這樣無端攀比既令人生厭又不合適。

Meaning

Literal meaning.

Origin

The earliest recorded use of this phrase appears to be by John Lydgate in his Debate between the horse, goose, and sheep, circa 1440:

“Odyous of olde been comparisonis, And of comparisonis engendyrd is haterede.”

It was used by several authors later, notably Cervantes, Christopher Marlowe and John Donne.

In Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare gave Dogberry the line ‘comparisons are odorous’. It seems that he was using this ironically, knowing it to be a misuse of what would have been a well known phrase by 1599 when the play was written.

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