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Not So French?

Did you know there are some things that are ‘French’ that are well, not so French? Here are some things that have been mistakenly attributed to the French.

1 – The French Kiss

Even the French didn’t have a proper term for French kissing until recently. This intimate form of affection was probably named so because of the French lack of restraint when it comes to public displays of affection.

2 – French Fries

The French claim to have created fries in the late 18th century. However, Belgians of the Meuse Valley first began frying thin, long strips of potato

3 – The Macarons

The macaron first appeared in Venetian monasteries in the 8th century and resembled a shortbread biscuit. It was only in the early 20th century that a Parisian confectioner invented the sandwich of two round biscuits with cream filling.

4 – The French Toast

Legend has it that American chef Joseph French invented the French toast in the 18th century. Unfortunately for him, ads ran without the apostrophe and ‘s’ from the name and, thus, “French’s Toast” became “French Toast”.

5 – French Croissant

The predecessor of this buttery pastry is actually the Austrian kipferl, which has existed since the 13th century. It was brought to France in the 18th century by Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI’s wife.

6 – The French Manicure

Some say that this manicure was created in Paris to pander to fashionistas. Others claim that the word “French” was used as a marketing ploy to make a certain American at-home nail kit sound more posh.

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