tomayto, tomahto

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tomayto, tomahto

A negligible, trivial, or unimportant difference, distinction, or correction. (Refers to the American pronunciation of tomato as "tomayto," compared with the British pronunciation of "tomahto." Specifically, it is an allusion to a verse in the song "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off": "You like potayto, I like potahto; you like tomayto, I like tomahto; potayto, potahto, tomayto, tomahto, let's call the whole thing off!") A: "Well, technically, the Hindenburg was a rigid airship, not a blimp." B: "Eh, tomayto, tomahto, who cares?"
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In "Haiti 2004," the poet plays with the classist pronunciation ditty, "You say tomahto and I say tomayto," in this list poem that presents oppositional perspectives, often of the same object:
Pro-choice is pro-life, pro-life is pro-choice, you say tomayto, I say tomahto.