There’s plenty of dispute over the inventor of the French press.
While French press coffee is beloved all around the world, the genius behind the French press has been disputed for nearly a century. According to the New York Times, a Frenchman is said to have invented the French press in the 19th century, but, according to Serious Eats, the first patent of the famed coffee maker appeared in 1929 with an Italian
inventor’s name attached to it.
French kissing is a misnomer.
While kissing with tongue might have been particularly popular in France, according to PopSugar, French kissing wasn’t invented by the French. The term French kissing became popular after World War I when soldiers returned home from Europe.
French fries are actually Belgian.
Rumor has it that French fries are only Gallic in name; the true origin of this popular American dish can be traced back to Belgium, according to National Geographic. The name French fries was supposedly given by American soldiers during WWI because the Belgians in the area spoke French not Belgian. The name stuck and the rest is history.
The English invented French mustard.
The name might suggest otherwise, but, according to Mental Floss, French mustard was created by the British as a milder version of English mustard.
French dressing is actually American.
Sorry to burst your bubble but, according to Culinary Lore, French dressing was first created in the United States and was first marketed by Kraft to the American public. However, according to Kitchen Project, in Britain, French dressing is a synonym for vinaigrette, which was created by the French.
So, did the French invent French dressing? The answer really depends on whether or not you’re in the US or abroad.
French toast might not be French at all.
French toast has a complicated and ultimately uncertain origin story. While most culinary experts agree the food originated in the medieval era, the country of creation is far less certain. According to Chef Talk, some people think the battered toast comes from ancient Roman times, while others, according to Slate, believe there’s proof the fried breakfast was invented in England during the Middle Ages.
The French braid is from North Africa.
It turns out these popular braids aren’t French at all. Instead, the origin of this ever-popular hairstyle can be found in North Africa, according to PopSugar. Although the French don’t claim the hairstyle as their own, it’s Americans that have given the braids this seriously inaccurate name.
Germans are responsible for the French horn.
According to EcoJazz, German inventor Heinrich Stoelzel was the creator of the French horn, which was named so after the instrument’s F pitch key. The name French horn was a mistake that Americans have never seemed to shake — similar to the US disdain for the metric system.
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