French Word of the Day - Fait Accompli

If you are human, you die.  And if you are middle class, you will pay taxes.

In French "fait accompli" is pronounced: fate A' comb plee

In English we tend to say it much the same way only without the French nuances. I don't know about you but I hear it mostly with the accent on the last syllable.

This is one of those terms where the translation is as direct as the meaning.

Literally it means: accomplished fact. Or it is a certainty.  As certain as if it had already happened.



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