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Difference between Be in bad taste and Taste bad

be in bad taste —(of a joke, picture, etc.) be slightly indecent or distasteful:

  • I can’t for the life of me understand what is in bad taste about it. It is a photo of something that took place.

taste bad —(usually of food)—have an unpleasant taste:

  • That is not to say that instant coffee tastes bad, it’s not Starbucks of course, but it also doesn’t cost five bucks.