same, same, but different

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same, same, but different

  1. It's the same thing, but with some differences.
    • 2010, Carl Hoffman, The Lunatic Express, →ISBN, page 270:
      A day before I'd stepped off a train in Vladivostok in snow and ice, still hung over from the vodka hug-fest with the silver-toothed gangsters, India and Afghanistan just over my shoulder, on my mind, and then, wham, a taxi through warm L.A. -- "Fuck, man, look at that traffic!" said the driver, who'd emigrated to the U.S. from Jordan when he was sixteen -- and I was plunging into a place I hadn't seen in months. As a T-shirt in India read, "Same, same, but different."
    • 2011, Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw., Same, Same But Different, →ISBN:
      I have pets too, but not nearly as many as you! Same, same but different!
    • 2012, Abhijit Bhaduri, Mediocre But Arrogant, →ISBN:
      So we are same same but different as they say in some parts of the world.
    • 2012, Stefan Larsson, Procedural Selling, →ISBN, page 121:
      Nothing MOVES from one level to the next without you ACTIVATING the market and the prospects. As the people say in Cambodia; Same, same but DIFFERENT.