One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to express resigned acknowledgement of the fundamental immutability of human nature and institutions.
- ‘Religion, colonialism and social mores, traced back through several centuries, give a picture of the plus ça change nature of humanity that few historic novels ever attain.’
- ‘But the lesson from the forthcoming White Paper is plus ça change.’
- ‘I was like that back then, an opinionated little git (yeah yeah, plus ça change…).’
- ‘But just when it appeared that change was imminent, with the arrival of a no-nonsense government minister whose tough job was to effect change in public-police relations, up pops another apparent case of plus ça change!’
- ‘Conversely, attackers will ponder technical or tactical means of attack: plus ça change.’
French, from plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose ‘the more it changes, the more it stays the same’.
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