What is the Meaning of the Expression
What does it mean, in an English conversation, when someone says, “Ditto.”?
for those learning to speak English as a Second, or Additional, Language (ESL or EAL)
Ditto marks are two small vertical marks which you can put underneath a word in handwriting to mean you want the word repeated. When written work was done in pen and not on computers, this was a method to save time.
Sentence 2 means: I love telling stories about animals.
Sentence 3 means: I love listening to stories about travel.
When someone says “Ditto” in a conversation, they are saying that their response, or opinion, is the same as the person who spoke before them.
Note: Ditto is a very informal expression. Try using it with friends or in casual settings, but not in a job interview.
Person 1: What do you two take in your coffee?
Person 2: Cream and sugar for me, please.
Person 3: Ditto for me.
Person 1: I start to feel sad when it rains day after day.
Person 2: Yeah*, ditto.
*Yeah is conversational slang for yes.
Similar expressions to ditto:
– me too
– same here
– I agree
– same for me
– so do I
Examples of how to use some of the similar conversational expressions
Person 1: I start to feel sad when it rains days after day.
Person 2: Me too. (also correct: So do I.)
Person 1: It drives me crazy when businesses call my cell phone trying to sell me some stupid thing.
Person 2: Aagh! I know! Same here! (also correct: Me too!)