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french kiss

 
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How did the french kiss got its name?
 
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I don't know Pearl, but I sure am glad someone invented it!!
 
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According to the word wizard clubhouse...
The French Kiss was originally known as "maraichinage" to describe the prlonged deep tongue kiss practiced by the Marichins, inhabitants of Brittany, France.
http://www.wordwizard.com/clubhouse/founddiscuss.asp?Num=1199
However, Wilton's etymology page argues that...

"the specific origin is unknown. It dates from at least the 1920s.
It is, however, certainly derived from the idea that the French people are sexually liberated or even promiscuous. Similar phrases include, "pardon my French," the French way (i.e., oral sex), French postcards (pornographic pictures), French pox (syphilis; ironically in France it is sometimes called the "English disease"), and French letter (a condom). "
http://www.alt-usage-english.org/Wilton_etymology_page.shtml

who knows?
 
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