October 6, 2011

Beans Forever

The beauty and poetry of the French language includes the strange and creative world of French idioms.

Today’s featured idiom is:

 C'est la fin des haricots  =  a disastrous situation ... the end of everything.

The expression comes from the practice in the last century to give beans to boarding school students when there was no other choice (at this time, beans were a staple for the poor). When the beans ran out, it was the end of everything. 

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