deja vu :

deja vu

In French déjà vu means literally “already seen” and usually refers to something excessively familiar. However the phrase, sans accent marks, was introduced into English mainly as a psychological term indicating the sensation one experiences when feeling that something has been experienced before when this is in fact not the case. If you feel strongly that you have been previously in a place where you know for a fact you have never before been, you are experiencing a sensation of deja vu. English usage is rapidly sliding back toward the French meaning, confusing listeners who expect the phrase to refer to a false sensation rather than a factual familiarity, as in “Congress is in session and talking about campaign finance reform, creating a sense of deja vu.” In this relatively new sense, the phrase has the same associations as the colloquial “same old, same old” (increasingly often misspelled “sameo, sameo” by illiterates).“It seems like it’s deja vu all over again,” is a redundantly mangled saying usually at

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  • n  the experience of thinking that a new situation had occurred before
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  • Mistaken Identity Causes Jersey City Man To Be Wrongfully Arrested For A Second Time
    For Salvador it was a case of deja vu. In 2012 he was arrested for the same robbery and spent a night in jail. Following that mix-up he was given a piece of paper to show police in case he was stopped again.
    June 22, 2013 - CBS New York
  • Gophers men's hoops assistant Johnson returns home
    MOORHEAD - University of Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague had a bit of deja vu from his Virginia Commonwealth days when interviewing Richard Pitino for the Gophers men's basketball job.
    June 22, 2013 - The Fargo Forum
  • Magee scores again in 2-1 Fire victory
    Hits penalty kick in 1st half and Berry nets game winner on header in 47th minute Fire defender Austin Berry couldn't help feeling a sense of deja vu when his mistake led to a goal before he made amends with the game-winner Wednesday night in the Fire's 2-1 victory over the Rapids at Toyota Park.        
    June 20, 2013 - Chicago Tribune