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French Kissing - In French

In English we often call a very passionate kiss that involves the tongue, a French kiss . But like French fries and French toast, this isn't an expression that translates literally into French. So what is the idiom used in the French language?

There are several expressions in French for such a kiss, from the straight forward baiser profond – a “deep kiss” – to the newly recognized verb form, galocher – a slang expression gone mainstream, that is oddly bound up with footwear (long story!)

And in Quebec, it is common enough for people to use the expression frencher . Obviously an anglicism.

But another expression that has been used in the past is, rouler un patin à quelqu'un , literally to “roll a (roller)skate at someone.” It's not as common today, but it is still understood. There's a rather complex derivation – and two possibilities about how the word patin came to be associated with a kiss.

Ultimately though, the thinking about this expression is that it was influenced by the fact that roller skating was a popular past time in the 1930s when this idiom was most often heard. Many young people at that time wore their skates out and about. In French we would say, les jeunes roulaient en patins roulettes . It was just a short hop from rouler en patins to rouler un patin .

So this particular expression was influenced by the fashion at the time, as much as it was by any of the usual mechanisms by which a word or expression comes into being!

This is my Fashion entry for Dawnwriter 's A-W Category Challenge . It's the 32nd post, which leaves just four more categories to cover before December 1st. Do you think I'll make it?

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Image credit: Roller blades by Ryan McGuire/ Pixabay ( CC0 1.0 )

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bestwriter wrote on November 30, 2014, 4:43 AM

What prompted you or better still what inspired you to write about this,I wonder emoticon :grin:

facenorth wrote on November 30, 2014, 5:04 AM

Wow, you really got a lot of info of French, I can sense your Paris travel sked in a year.

midastouch wrote on November 30, 2014, 5:26 AM

The English call it "French Kiss" and the French call it "English Kiss" and that depends on which side of the divide one is

iqbal wrote on November 30, 2014, 5:28 AM

most of my friend talk about french kiss and still i think it is a seep kiss nothing more....may be

Kasman wrote on November 30, 2014, 10:33 AM

We don't need to know the origin of the phrase we just need to know how to do it! :)

poddys wrote on November 30, 2014, 2:34 PM

I find language fascinating, especially the origin of words.

Ruby3881 wrote on December 1, 2014, 3:03 AM

Believe it or not Grace, it was the photo!

Ruby3881 wrote on December 1, 2014, 3:06 AM

Um no, not really! If I were to travel to France I'd likely spend little if any time in Paris.

I am bilingual because I grew up in Quebec. My interest in French stems from having heard it most of my life, and from a general love of languages.

bestwriter wrote on December 1, 2014, 3:08 AM

Now let me think! I know you have written all that down but French Kiss and a pair of skates? What is the world coming to!! emoticon :grin:

Ruby3881 wrote on December 1, 2014, 3:19 AM

The French actually call it a "Florentine kiss," if they are going to name it geographically.

Ruby3881 wrote on December 1, 2014, 3:27 AM

When you kiss the right person, there is no saying "nothing more" about it!

Ruby3881 wrote on December 1, 2014, 3:28 AM

I've always enjoyed the kisses better when my partner shared my passion for things ling-uistic :D

Ruby3881 wrote on December 1, 2014, 3:52 AM

Isn't it a thrill to find the origin of a word, or to see the overlap between similar words in different languages? Some days I think I should have majored in linguistics....

CoralLevang wrote on December 1, 2014, 12:26 PM

And then, there are some of us, French or not, who NEVER kiss and tell! emoticon :winking:

Feisty56 wrote on December 3, 2014, 1:32 PM

Roller skates to deep kissing...likely better to investigate the activity for oneself than to think too deeply into the origins. : )

scheng1 wrote on December 4, 2014, 12:05 AM

I wonder why they cannot translate the meaning properly.

peachpurple wrote on January 14, 2015, 11:22 PM

yes, i am sure you can make it. You really wrote all the categories?