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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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David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language learner and speaks over seven languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private lessons. When not teaching or writing his French Word of the Day lessons, David enjoys his time skiing, hiking and mountain biking in Victor, Idaho.

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