Sunday, December 15, 2013

Tomato Tomato saying

In the last week from a colleague and in the The Big Bang Theory (Season 7 episode 11) I heard a nice and simple English expression that uses the American and British pronunciations of the word tomato. The expression by itself is very simple:

"Tomato tomato"

but what matters is the prounciation:

"toe-MAY-toe, toe-MAH-toe"

The meaning of the "tomato, tomato" is to express more clearly that two things supposed to be different, aren't or just have minor differences.

It originates from the 1937 song "Let's call the whole thing off" by George Gershwin:

"... you like tomatoes [toe-may-toes] and I like tomatoes [toe-mah-toes]..."


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