Are the grapes really sour?

Idiom: The grapes hang too high for the fox

The origin of this phrase is very old. You can read where it comes from here

Eva and her sister Lotte do handicrafts at home. "Can we share the blue paper? I want to stick that on my ship," Eva asks her sister. Lotte is not enthusiastic: "I need everything for myself!" Eva thinks for a moment: "I didn't want it anyway, it's not nice," she explains. The father overheard the conversation. He mumbles: "The fox has grapes hanging too high". "Huh, which grapes?" Both children ask in unison.

A very old Greek fable is the origin for this proverb. The poet Aesop wrote it as early as 600 years before Christ. In it, a fox tries to nibble grapes from a vine. Vain. Since he's too small, he can't get to her. The fox gives up and announces: "They are not yet ripe enough for me. I do not like sour grapes." We all know this: we pretend we don't want something because we can't have it.

Today the phrase is also used in a slightly modified form, especially in sports. Then "the grapes are hanging too high" means when it becomes difficult to achieve something. For example a victory in the world championship.

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