Jason (jcreed) wrote,

I heard someone dismiss an inconsequential difference as being "oh, to-MAH-to, to-MAY-to". This struck me as very strange, because I'm accustomed to hearing it the other way around, to-MAY-to first, then to-MAH-to. Yet I feel like I'm left without a succinct way of describing the fact that it doesn't really matter which way you say it. I get about as far as "to-".
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