April 27, 2010By Paris UpdateArchive


“C’est la fin des haricots” means “It’s a catastrophe, a disaster.” When supplies started to run low in 19th-century boarding schools, the kids had to eat the only thing left: beans. When there were no more beans, starvation loomed, hence the current meaning.


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