French Phrases

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Plus ça Change, Plus c’est la Même Chose

This French phrase translates literally to: “the more it changes, the more it’s the same thing,” but is often translated idiomatically as “the more things change, the more things stay the same.” The phrase was coined by the French author Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr in an 1849 issue of his journal “The Wasps.” Appropriately named given his reputation for stinging wit.

Pièce de Résistance

This French phrase literally means “the thing of resistance” and it refers to the showpiece, main event, or most important part of something. It seems to have originally been used to refer to the most substantial part of a multi-course meal, but there doesn’t seem to be much agreement as to where the phrase originated.