French expression of the day: C'est foutu!

The Local
The Local - [email protected] • 27 Nov, 2019 Updated Wed 27 Nov 2019 14:02 CEST
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It's that feeling when the big football game is on and you're team is down by three goals and there's five minutes left.


Why do I need to know c’est foutu

It may come in handy should you want to exclaim outrage over major disruptions during strikes, or indeed any of life's other inconveniences. 

So what does it mean?

It’s over! Fucked up!  We’re doomed!

While the last one might be a tad too dramatic, c’est foutu is in fact an expression French people use when they’re really annoyed or despairing.

C'est foutu means all hope is lost. Say your flight crashed on a desolate island, killing everyone except yourself and a French person. In that case, you could shout c’est foutu ! - We're screwed!

Or imagine a football game where Les Bleus are playing against Brazil, but French star players Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris are all off sick. Well, a French football fan might exclaim: 

Bon, c’est déjà foutu.. - Well, we've basically already lost..

It can also be used about a person. Let's say you skipped school and your parents found out, in that case:

Tu es foutu. - You're in deep.

Any other options?

Foutu comes from the verb foutre, which is most commonly used through the expression se foutre de quelque chose - to not care about something. 

Je m’en fous! I don’t care/I don't give a shit!

It's pretty colloquial, so bear in mind who is around you if you intend to use it. Don't say it in front of your boss.

A more polite version is je m’en fiche, which is less informal but still something you might want to avoid telling your supervisor (but mostly because bosses generally tend to frown upon employees who say they don’t care about their work).

And let's not forget the expression foutre en l’air - screw something up or destroy something.

For example, French ecologist Yann Arthus-Bertrand recently said:

J’ai foutu en l’air un repas de Noël, car ils avaient sorti du foie gras - I recently ruined a Christmas dinner because they served foie gras






The Local 2019/11/27 14:02

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