Posted by / Category Cultural Differences /

So, tell me: why is the French kiss French? If appearances are to be believed, right now French kisses are probably from London, because there is a couple French kissing at every corner of every street in London. They are simply everywhere. Some even seem to be competing for the same spot. It must have something to do with the sun. I sincerely hope it does, because all this tongue showing is getting on my nerves. I am almost gald that it is raining today.
In fact, we French don’t even call the French kiss French. We call it to ‘kiss with the tongue’ or ‘rouler une pelle’, which could translate as ‘rolling a spade’. How poetic! In short, the French don’t even believe that French kissing is actually French. So why is it said to be French? Is it because the French are the best kissers? Is it because they invented French kissing?
Well, apparently not. A British friend of mine explain that her French boyfriend started turning his tongue around hers and felt like she was kissing a helicopter. Not nice. I think that she dumped him in the end. I totally understand, because a bad kisser is like a bad coffee, life is too short to tolerate either of them.
French kissing has been around much longer than France has existed, even if apparently it became even more popular at the start of the 20th century. Why would the French take the credit for it then?
What can I say? Life is unfair and this is simply another example of French taking the credit for something that they didn’t invent, just like revolution and Impressionism (I thought that impressionism was French until I visited the permanent Turner exhibition at the Tate Britain, and now I am not so sure).
I suppose that I should be happy with my home country being credited for so many things. Why do I feel slightly cheated then?

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London