One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
You shouldn't criticize others when you have similar faults of your own.
- ‘So people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, eh?’
- ‘One common test of abstraction is to explain what this means: ‘people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.’’
- ‘The shadow environment secretary said: ‘It's all very well criticising the failure of America to sign up to Kyoto, but people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.’
- ‘Yes, it's an extremely derogatory term, and not one I would use myself, unless I'm angry of course, and even then I would feel uneasy (people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones).’
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