Inglês em filmes: status quo

High School: Status quoHi friends! I hope you are doing great. Well, it’s time to continue learning vocabulary from movies. Isn’t this a great way to learn? This week, we’ll take a look at Disney’s High School Musical.

During New Year’s Eve vacation, Troy (captain of the basketball team) and Gabriella (a shy transfer student who excels in math and science) discover their love for singing. After vacations they decide to audition for the upcoming high school musical. However, their friends discourage them from moving forward with their plans by singing, “Stick to the status quo”. So now, what’s the “status quo”?

Status quo is a Latin term meaning the present, current, existing state of affairs. To maintain the status quo is to keep the things the way they presently are. Note that the phrase is usually preceded by the definite article “the”.

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In other words, Gabriella and Troy’s friends are telling them they should continue being the smart student and the basketball player, instead of trying to be singers.

This phrase was also used in the movie “National Treasure”. Patrick says: “The status quo has changed, son.” And also “Look, cooperation only lasts as long as the status quo remains unchanged.”

Karin from Guatemala


Karin Sequen

Karin é Guatemalteca e trabalha como analista de sistemas em seu país. Participa de diversos grupos no Yahoo onde discute sobre o idioma inglês. Colabora periodicamente com o English Experts.

4 comentários

  • 12/09/07  
    Marinho diz: 1

    Thank you, for sharing the meaning of Status Quo.

  • 12/09/07  
    Deivis diz: 2

    Thou I’ve already watched Disney’s High School Musical I don’t remembem having seen/heard the expression “the status quo”. Very useful one, though. I’ve just taken note of it and as soon as I get the oportunity I’ll surely put it to use. Thank you guys.

    All the best.

  • 17/10/07  
    Jacob Viane Gerente diz: 3

    como posso ver em ingles em filme? Sera que ë preciso pagar?
    Estor frequentando um cursozinho da lingua inglesa, gostaria apartir de vos adquirir conhecimentos solidos da lingua inglesa.
    Sou mozambicano vivendo no Maputo

  • 15/10/08  
    Vanessa diz: 4

    sou professora e adorei as dicas de usar filmes para ensinar inglês. Goataria de receber mais dicas.