It's the end of beans (19th-20th centuries)

It's the end of beans (19th-20th centuries)

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In times of financial or other crisis, it is sometimes said to be the end of the beans, the end of everything in a way ... Where does this expression come from? In the last century, we distributed beans in boarding schools to students when we did not know what to give them as food.

Indeed, beans were considered a staple food, even mediocre. When there weren't even any beans left to eat, it was "the end of everything." This is where the phrase comes from, which we use when we mean it's the end of the world, often ironically.

For further

- Treasures of French expressions by Sylvie Weil. Belin, 2008.

- La Fin des haricots: And other mysteries of French expressions by Colette Guillemard. Omnia, 2009.

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  1. Kanris

    Congratulations, I think this is the brilliant idea

  2. Arazil

    It is strange to see that people remain indifferent to the problem. Perhaps this is due to the global economic crisis. Although, of course, it's hard to say unequivocally. I myself thought for a few minutes before writing these few words. Who is to blame and what to do is our eternal problem, to my mind Dostoevsky spoke about this.

  3. Abdul-Fattah

    looked and was disappointed ..........

  4. Akinris

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