Choosing between two equally bad things

Discussion in 'English Only' started by LaTartaruga, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. LaTartaruga

    LaTartaruga Senior Member

    Hi, is there an expression to say this? In swedish we have "pest och kolera".
    Something like: It's like choosing between x and x.
  2. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    It's a Hobson's choice.

    You really wouldn't want to be Hobson, caught between Scylla and Charybdis.

    It's like being between a rock and a hard place.
  3. xqby

    xqby Senior Member

    Santa Maria, CA
    English (U.S.)
    The usual phrase is "between a rock and a hard place," I think. A loose translation of "It's like choosing between pestilence and plague" is easily understandable though--as long as both things are pretty bad the idea will get across.
  4. MJSinLondon Senior Member

    English - UK (London)
    Or perhaps choosing between the devil and the deep blue sea.

    I think of "Hobson's choice" as meaning there is actually no choice - there is only one course of action.
  5. vector313

    vector313 Member

    Manta, Ecuador
    English -United States
    Damn if you don't and damned if you do.
  6. xqby

    xqby Senior Member

    Santa Maria, CA
    English (U.S.)
    You are probably thinking of the hobbits' choice.

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