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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It is all (with apologies to Ira Gershwin) simply, "You like tomato, and I like tomahto.
The reader may be forgiven for asking whether the choice between the theories is just a matter of "You like tomato and I like tomahto.
All the time," Carmelita Jeter said about the frequency with which people get the pronounciation of her last name mixed up with that of Derek Jeter's last name before comparing it with a tomato versus tomahto situation.
You say Tomato, K say Tomahto, You say Potato, I say Patahto, Wainscoating, wainscotting, Wainscoat and wainscott, Let's call the whale thing off
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.