Rendez-Vous #46: Four French Something’s That Are Not So French!
There are plenty of things that the English language prefixes with “French”. But are they really French? Click the images to find more info.
Did you know? French fries actually originated in Belgium and French-speaking people call them “frites”.
The term “French fries” would be explained as a French gastronomic hegemony into which the cuisine of Belgium was assimilated because of a lack of understanding coupled with a shared language and geographic proximity between the two countries.
The French manicure technique was born in the United States in the 1970s, invented for Hollywood stars by Jeff Pink.
The nail look had to match every outfit the women wore and be natural-looking at the same time. Despite having nothing to do with France, claiming the country for the name gave the illusion of elegance, sophistication and style.
Although called a French braid, this hairstyle did not originate in France. The braided hairstyle was depicted in art from early Greek, Celtic and Sung dynasty periods.
The phrase “French braid” appears in an 1871 issue of Arthur’s Home Magazine, used in a piece of short fiction that describes it as a new hairstyle.
French people are not hand shakers or huggers and have lived by the tradition of “faire la bise” (air-kissing on both sides of the cheek).
In fact, the practice of French kissing is believed to have been brought back to the English-speaking world by British and American soldiers returning from Europe after World War II.
Newsletter #46: Four French Something’s That Are Not So French!