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what's the difference

1. How do these things differ? Said in this way, the phrase is a legitimate question that the speaker wants answered. What's the difference between these two recipes? They use the exact same ingredients and everything. What's the difference between all these cell phones?
2. What does it matter? Said in this way, the phrase is usually an aside highlighting the speaker's frustration. We can take the long way home, or we can sit in traffic here. Both ways will take forever, so what's the difference? What's the difference if I come home on Friday night or Saturday morning? You guys will be asleep either way!
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hey They don't mind hey don't mind me having my ears pierced, some having my ears pierced, so what's the difference?
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None of those guys ever touch a skate, so what's the difference?
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You'll go watch them for 16 weeks in a row, so what's the difference?
But even if the measure didn't discuss its lifetime impact, what's the difference?
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