The difference between two options is negligible
This expression is first recorded in English in the 1836 novel The Pirate and The Three Cutters by Frederick Marryat:
"I knows the women, but I never knows the children. It's just six of one and half-a-dozen of the other; ain't it, Bill?"
Chapter IV: The Leak
The expression has its counterparts in other languages, such as the French c'est chou vert et vert chou - "it's cabbage green and green cabbage".
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