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Flaunt Your Frenchness #46 (May 4-10)
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There are plenty of things that the English language prefixes with “French”.
But are they really French?
Click the images to find more info.
french fries
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.
french braid
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 kiss
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.
 
Have you some other French-things-not-so-French in mind?
Each week, you'll find in this newsletter a small sentence that can be used next time you go to a French speaking country.

To keep in the theme, please find below what you could ask while in Moroni, Comoros:
" Quelles références sont parfois inexactes dans votre culture ? "
[Kel ray-fay-rans sonh par-foa in-exact danh votr culture ?]
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