Meaning of plus ça change in English:

plus ça change

exclamation

  • Used to express resigned acknowledgement of the fundamental immutability of human nature and institutions.

    ‘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!’
    • ‘I was like that back then, an opinionated little git (yeah yeah, plus ça change…).’
    • ‘But the lesson from the forthcoming White Paper is plus ça change.’
    • ‘Conversely, attackers will ponder technical or tactical means of attack: plus ça change.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

plus ça change

/ˌpluː sa ˈʃɒ̃ʒ/ /ply sa ʃɑ̃ʒ/

Origin

French, from plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose ‘the more it changes, the more it stays the same’.