Status quo

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The Latin phrase status quo means 'the state (or condition) in which'. In English the phrase - pronounced stay-tuss KWOH, IPA: /,steɪtəs 'kwəʊ/ - is treated as a noun and always preceded by the definite article: it is used to mean 'the state in which we find ourselves, the current or existing state of affairs', as in 'The status quo is intolerable: reform is absolutely necessary' and 'He has always been a defender of the status quo'. The phrase is often, but not exclusively, used in a political context.

There is also the Latin phrase status quo ante, which means 'the state (or condition) in which before'. In English the phrase - which is pronounced stay-tuss kwoh ANti, IPA: /,steɪtəs kwəʊ 'æntɪ/ - is treated as a noun, always preceded by the definite article, and used to mean 'the state (or condition) we were in before, the previous or earlier state of affairs', as in 'We cannot go back to the status quo ante'.

Status Quo (originally, in 1967, 'The Status Quo') is the name of a very well-known English rock band, formed in 1962 as 'The Scorpions' and acquiring its present name in 1969.