The phrase is used in English with different pronunciation (po-tay-to, po-tah-to), as an example for two different ways of saying the same thing.

Is there a German phrase that can be used in the same way?

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    I think the English phrase you want to ask about is tomayto – tomahto, as this word is actually features a difference in pronunciation. Potayto – potahto is a thing as well, but doesn’t highlight a real phenomenon. Also note that both English phrases are usually used to express something different than pronunciation varieties.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Oct 24 '17 at 10:03
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    We recently had "da kommen zwölf auf ein Dutzend". Means the same thing.
    – tofro
    Oct 24 '17 at 10:10
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    @Wrzlprmft potato, potato is not used to illustrate pronunciation, but should rather be understood as "gehopft wie gesprungen".
    – tofro
    Oct 24 '17 at 11:21
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    @Philipp ...wenn man bierernst sein will, kann man auch "gehüpft" sagen ...
    – tofro
    Oct 24 '17 at 14:08
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    @Wrzlprmft: I doubt that, at least I tend to read "two different ways of saying the same thing" in the wider sense of referring to meaning rather than the pronunciation. Note that the initial mention of pronunciation exclusively explains that the word potato is pronounced in two different ways in the phrase "potato, potato". Oct 24 '17 at 20:31

You could say „Das ist gehüpft wie gesprungen.“


I think the most akin thing would be either "Jacke wie Hose" (jacket like pants) or "Das Selbe in grün" (the same thing in green).


Some expressions meaning doesn't matter:

Gehupft/gehüpft/gehopst wie gesprungen
Jacke wie Hose
Hans wie Heiri (Swiss dialect)
Gehopft wie gemalzt (not very frequent, from some beer ad)

(mir) gleichgültig
mir gleich
macht keinen Unterschied
kommt aufs selbe (he)raus
ist ohne Belang


dasselbe in Grün

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