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Shortened from "Après moi le déluge"
I recently came from a different MMO that used this title. I very much do like the title itself however should I include the full name everyone misunderstands it. Therefore~ I have shortened it to a simple word that will stand for it.
Here is the history:
The phrase “Après moi, le déluge” (“After me, the deluge") is attributed to the King of France Louis XV (1710-1774).
According to another understanding, the phrase may have been coined not by the king himself, but by his most famous lover, Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764).
In any case, the phrase had a certain prophetic quality, if we interpret it
as alluding to the breaking out of the French Revolution (1789-1799), which took place fifteen years after the king’s death and which cost the life of his grandson and successor, Louis XVI.
As a first approach to the saying, note that one is dealing with a nominal phrase, that is, without an explicit verb. The phrase can have two distinct, though related, meanings, according to the verb which we implicitly supply:
a) On the one hand, if we understand
After me the deluge
, the saying seems to imply, as an assertive affirmation: “After my reign, the nation will be plunged into chaos and destruction.”
b) The verb could also be understood as a subjunctive concession:
(it can come, but it makes no difference to me).
In this second case, the speaker asserts that nothing that happens after his disappearance matters to him.
We will trace the classical antecedents of this famous expression, and I already anticipate that practically all of these antecedents will coincide more with notion b) than with a).
It seems that there existed in Greece an expression or proverbial saying which is preserved in verse in a fragment of a tragedy whose author has not been identified.
This was copied out of http://tradicionclasica.blogspot.com/2006/01/expression-aprs-moi-le-dluge-and-its.html
Feel free to look it up in various dictionaries or research it as well. There are various other historical references also referring to his own deteriorating kinship that would follow him.
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