Dear anonymous internet people, settle a dispute…when someone says “[So and so] is the black sheep of the family,” would you say:
A. the expression ‘black sheep’ necessarily carries a negative connotation
B. the expression simply means ‘they’re different’ and no negative connotation is inherent
C. depends on the context
Bonus round - what do you think are the origins of this expression?
(and since this is posted in the IMHO sub-forum, my opinion is ‘black sheep’ is consistent with A.)