Cooked Carrots

by tiresomemoi

Les carottes sont cuites (Ave René-Coty) – 2 November 2015Les carottes sont cuites


I love cooked carrots. I like them boiled and buttered, backed with olive oil and salt, minced in a thick Bolognaise, in soup, with meat, even in canned succotash. Still, when I saw the loopy green letters I knew the author wasn’t announcing happy times.


According to the Projet Voltaire website “Les carottes sont cuites” is a 17th century expression with, more or less, the same meaning as the English expression “their goose is cooked”. It’s over, all done, no more. On 5 June 1944, the phrase “Les carottes sont cuites” went out over the airways of Radio London* to announce (in code) the Landing at Normandie.


More expressions with carrots at their center:

« avoir ses carottes cuites »      to be on one’s deathbed

« chier des carottes »     to shit bricks

« être poil de carotte         to have red hair

« jouer la carotte »         to play without risking anything

« les carottes sont cuites »         all is lost

« manier la carotte ou le baton »         the carrot or the stick

« marcher à la carotte »         driven by greed

« ne vivre que de carottes »       to live on practically nothing (carrots)

« mélanger des choux et des carottes »     a mixed-up argument, comparing apples to oranges

« les bœufs carotte »   the police of the police

« carotte »   a hoax, fraud, deception

« tirer la carotte à quelqu’un »    probe someone to get them to talk

« tirer une carotte à quelqu’un »     to squeeze/pressure someone for a small amount of money

« ficelé comme une carotte (de tabac) »   dressed in tight clothing, tight like the skin on a grape

« Manger des carottes rend aimable »      something said to kids to get them to eat their carrots

« Les carottes donnent les fesses/cuisses roses » carrots give you rosy (butt) cheeks/thighs, ie a healthy glow


*Another code phrase, “Yvette aime les grosses carottes (Yvette loves big carrots)”, was used by Radio London to announce arms laden parachutes drops.


And wow: Carrot History – Carrots in World War Two