Six of one …

Six of one ...

… and half a dozen of the other.

Six and half a dozen are obviously the same thing so this idiom is used to point out that something people refer to or think of as two different things are actually the same or at least there is no important difference between the two.  So it pretty much does not matter which way you say it or do it.

Let’s check out a couple of examples:

“Molly is Susan’s secretary”

“She is her assistant, not secretary”.

... and half a dozen of the other, pic: ballymoreshoponline.ie

“Come on, six of one, half a dozen of the other – secretary or assistant, those are the same things.”

And:

“We can drive to San Francisco taking either 101 – it is shorter but slower because of the traffic – or on 280 which is a long route but probably faster because it has less traffic.  It is pretty much six of one and half a dozen of the other.”

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