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plus ça change (plus c'est la même chose)

From French, meaning "the more things change, the more they remain the same." In English, the phrase is used in reference to situations or problems that remain the same, even when people or things involved in them are different. We move into a fancy new office, and still, the server crashes all the time. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Plus ça change, eh? Even with the so-called champion of the working man in office, it's still the wealthy elite getting all the tax breaks.
See also: ca, change, la, meme, plus

plus ça ˈchange (, plus c’est la même ˈchose)

/%plu: s& "SQ~nZ; American English "SO:~Z/ (from French, saying) some things never really change, even though details such as time and people involved may be different: Despite assurances that this year’s competition would welcome new talent and new ideas, none of the newcomers have reached the final round. Plus ça change...
The meaning of the full expression in French is ‘the more it changes, the more it stays the same’.
See also: ca, change, plus
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Today we hear the Radley Balko meme, "Warrior Cop." Plus ca change, plus c'est meme chose.
"Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose." Loosely translated, it says the more things change, the more things stay the same.
And I always answer it with "it would have been plus ca change, nothing more." If Gianni played it as safe as he did with Fiat, why would he have ventured more with the fate of a nation?
That most French of expressions, "plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose" (the more things change, the more they stay the same), may no longer hold true.
So when I think about how much is new, the old French expression springs to mind: plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose.
Either could have inspired French novelist/critic/journalist (and floriculture fanatic) Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr to conceive the famous axiom plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose-the more it changes, the more it's the same thing, typically translated as "the more things change, the more they stay the same."
As the French say 'plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose' - simply the more things change the more they stay the same and the RFL will no doubt be trying to work out the best way to tinker to make the system actually create more opportunities for the clubs involved.
Rather they exemplify the famous French epigram plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose (the more things change, the more they stay the same).
A daughter of Azamour, trained by Michael O'Callaghan, the selection was beaten three and a half lengths behind Tamadhor in a hot maiden at Leopardstown, form boosted by the third Bocca Baciata and fifth Plus Ca Change.
There's an old French saying, "Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose," which we know more familiarly as, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." As the year draws to a close, and with it my term as your president, I was thinking about the nature of change in our marketplace, in our profession and in our association.
Plus Ca Change Ger Lyons 5th, 7f 2yo fillies' maiden, Leopardstown, September 13 This filly holds some decent entries in the Irish 1,000 Guineas as well as some valuable sales races this season and showed here in a hot maiden she has a fair bit of ability and has a deal of improvement in her.
As the French say, plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose.
In the language of some of the book's contributors, plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose.
Plus ca change. The issue of corrupt payments periodically comes back in vogue and - following the 2010 Bribery Act - the issue is fashionable once more.
I have always regarded the French saying "plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose" (the more things change, the more they are the same) to be a quote for the ages.