Same difference

Origin of: Same difference

Same difference

This oxymoron has become popular since the mid-20th century. ‘Same difference’ actually means ‘same thing’. For example, someone might say, “I wanted to go for walk but it’s raining.” A companion replies, “Actually it’s sleeting.” The original speaker then responds, “Same difference” indicating that whether it’s rain or sleet makes no difference when deciding to go for a walk or not.