It makes no difference, they're still the same

This expression is sometimes said a little differently, but is all the same no matter how it is said. Sometimes people say "half dozen" and sometimes "half a dozen " Also, sometimes the expression is "six of one, half dozen of THE other" and sometimes it is said, "six of one, half a dozen of ANother."

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  • If John has six eggs and Mary has a half dozen eggs. They each have the same number of eggs, so it doesn't matter if you call it "six" or "half a dozen."
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Someone asks her friend which hat looks better on her. Her friend thinks they both look equally as good, so he would answer, "Six of one, half dozen of the other".

Submitted on February 24, 2014

Modified by TriplePurple on December 18, 2023

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