How French is French kiss?
Have you ever wondered why it is called French fries, French braid, French kiss…? Because these expressions are part of my vocabulary, but when I think about a stay in Paris apartments or anywhere else in France these 3 terms are the last things on my mind.
As a matter of fact when I think of Paris or France there are many other things that I can think of right away: Edith Piaf, the Eiffel Tower, croissants, and great red wine. I can’t help but wonder where these expressions are coming from.
The term French fries actually originated in the United States. Fries are one of the most popular side dishes to a burger in the US and it is believed that the term stems from President Thomas Jefferson, as he wrote down a recipe he had from a French chef in one of his manuscripts. Neighboring France, Belgium is much more known to serve French Fries on their own as local specialty. French specialties include Foie Gras (made of duck liver) and Escargot (snail), however a very popular meal is also the steak et frites, steak served with fries.
The French braid on the other hand is a rather curious case, as the French actually call it African or Indian braid. There is no explanation as to how the term became popular. I think of French women as very classy and glamorous. A tall brunette with her hair down or up in a strict bun, very gracefully borderline seductively smoking a cigarette. The hairstyle itself has something either very juvenile or useful for me and I don’t see it very popular among the French per se.
Along with the cliché that French are amongst the world’s best lovers the expression French kiss makes a lot of sense. The French kiss is known as a passionate kiss shared between a couple that involves that the tongues touch and enter each others’ mouths. The area around the mouth is one of the most erogenous zones on the human body and the term French kiss was really born from the French reputation to have a more adventurous and passionate love life than others.
As Paris is a very romantic destination one comes to think that this cliché stems from the place itself as opposed to the people. Maybe staying in Paris wouldn’t be a bad opportunity to do some research on the matter. And while there keep an eye on what comes on people’s plates in French vegetarian restaurants and how women wear their hair.