tomayto, tomahto

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EtymologyEdit

Uses the American English and British English pronunciations of the word tomato. Allusion to George Gershwin's song "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off": "You like tomatoes (/təˈmeɪtoʊz/) and I like tomatoes (/təˈmɑːtoʊz/)".

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /təˈmeɪtoʊ təˈmɑːtəʊ/
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PhraseEdit

tomayto, tomahto

  1. (idiomatic) Used to dismiss a correction to one's adherence to an alternative standard
  2. (idiomatic) Used to dismissively suggest that something is a distinction without a difference
    • 2009, N. B. Grace, Disney High School Musical: #1: Stories from East High Bind Up #1, Disney Press, →ISBN, page 78:
      "Tomayto, tomahto," she said, and Taylor laughed. So they ended on a good note.
    • 2014, C.E. Murphy, Shaman Rises, Harlequin, →ISBN, page 282:
      “I withheld truth, but I did not lie.” “Tomayto, tomahto.”
    • 2017, Cheryl Etchison, From the Start: An American Valor Novel, HarperCollins, →ISBN, page 15:
      “Okay, then, how about Michael?” “Tomayto, tomahto.” Kacie sighed in disappointment.

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