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Origin of French Kiss

"French Kiss" Finally Added to French Dictionary

While we have lots of things to thank France for — crepes, lingerie, sexy Frenchmen — the French kiss is not one of them. And in fact, there was never even an official French word for "French kiss" until now! The one-word verb "galocher" (translation: to kiss with tongues) was added to the Petit Robert 2014 French dictionary, released today.

The French had previously used expressions that translated to "kiss with tongue" or "kissing at length in the mouth." Galocher has been a slang term derived from "la galoche," an ice-skating boot (Slippery? Gliding on ice? Figure eights? I get it), but is just now being officially recognized.

While "French kissing" began appearing in conversation during the 19th century, it took off in the early 20th century when it first appeared in the World War I book Private Lindner's Letters: Censored and Uncensored of 1918. "I have decided to become a linguist," he wrote. "Being able to read French fluently and speak it wretchedly, and to speak German connectively but not to read it at all, I am taking up Luxembourg, which is a wonderful blend of the two, a sort of liaison between tongues. (Not to be confused with French kissing.)"

In fact, if we're going to credit anyone, then it probably should be the British and American soldiers of World War I. Upon returning home from continental Europe, they showed their wives and girlfriends what they learned from the amorous country and called it a French kiss.

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Belle-de-Nuit Belle-de-Nuit 6 years
It's hard to imagine that kissing *avec* tongue would ever have to be something we'd "discover." Isn't it quite instinctual to want to taste your partner's mouth, and to go beyond lips alone?
French-Kiss French-Kiss 7 years
Yeah it's ironic, but i chose this name long ago and for different reasons ^^ Tres if you read this, i was wondering if there is somewhere where we could chat with you, exchange emails or so ? I wonder so many things about you xD
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
XD.. French Kiss that is delightfully ironic. I on the other hand have never even tried. I feel like an awkward teenager just thinking about it! Same with my guy. :P I very much enjoy the regular kiss anyway but we'll have to try it one day (and probably fail..) PS, that's interesting Tres! I'm curious as to how they learned it haha.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 7 years
(Well, actually it's not that i thought it was english, a Facebook test told me so xD And thus told me i was not an extremely good kisser, considering that the test was french and i was not french kissing =° )
French-Kiss French-Kiss 7 years
Actually, don't laugh at me, but i don't like the french kiss XD Well, it's hard to define exactly what is french and what is not (= I don't know), but mouth open, toungue turning inside... Hum not my favorite, i prefer to play with the mouth of the other, you know ? I thought it was more an english way to kiss.
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