The phrase called ‘crocodile tears’ is no matter what, a popular world all across the globe. These days, netizens from the Indian subcontinent are using a lot. Well, they certainly have their reasons. Here, we are explaining the phrase.
Crocodile tears (or superficial sympathy) is a false, insincere display of emotion such as a hypocrite crying fake tears of grief.
The phrase derives from an ancient belief that crocodiles shed tears while consuming their prey, and as such is present in many modern languages, especially in Europe where it was introduced through Latin. While crocodiles do have tear ducts, they weep to lubricate their eyes, typically when they have been out of water for a long time and their eyes begin to dry out. However, evidence suggests this could also be triggered by feeding.
There is also a theory that the “tears” come from crocodiles coming out of the water and it looking like they have been crying, when in truth they haven’t. Bogorad’s syndrome, a condition which causes sufferers to shed tears while consuming food, has been labelled “crocodile tears syndrome” in reference to the legend.