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c’est bonnet blanc et blanc bonnet

“C’est bonnet blanc et blanc bonnet” is a funny little French idiom that translates literally to “it’s bonnet white and white bonnet”.

English meaning:

  • it amounts to the same thing
  • there’s nothing to chose between the two
  • six of one and half a dozen of the other
  • tomayto, tomahto

French meaning:

  • c’est la même chose – it’s the same thing

Example sentence:

  • Je vois les deux candidats: ils n’ont aucun message et ils disent la même chose. C’est bonnet blanc et blanc bonnet. I see the two candidates. They have no message and they say the same thing. There’s nothing to chose between the two.

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