In English, we have the expression To-may-toh, to-mah-toh to kind of say "either either". Is there and equivalent expression in French?

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You could use

C'est du pareil au même

The meaning is basically equivalent to saying "there is no difference".


A fairly old-fashioned one is "c'est blanc bonnet et bonnet blanc" (literally "hat of white and white hat"), which has the same meaning as "six of one, hald a dozen of the other".

  • +1 For what it’s worth, I like this one best so far because it successfully maintains the literal “two-ways-of-saying-the-same-thing” notion (by providing a specific example) that is present in “[I say] tomato/potato/either, [you say] tomato/potato/either.” (Granted, imo simply adding “bourricot” (= "PAREIL A L'ANE") to @YohannV. 's first suggestion would come close to accomplishing this too.)
    – Papa Poule
    Nov 9, 2016 at 15:39

You can use :


Pareil ; la même chose.

Or if you mean equalized between two


(Anglicisme) (Familier) À parts égales, cinquante-cinquante.

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