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Why are the French referred to as "FROGS"?

Why are the French referred to as "FROGS"?

Mar 22nd, 2002, 07:29 PM
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Why are the French referred to as "FROGS"?

I've been puzzeled by this reference for quite some time now. Can someone please explain its origins?

Thank you very much!
 
Mar 22nd, 2002, 07:36 PM
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I think its from some American who didn't know before that one of the specialties of Burgundy is frogs legs.
When foods are foreign to some people, they tend to over react
 
Mar 22nd, 2002, 09:36 PM
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There is an interesting site that gives all kinds of possible stories to explain the term:

http://allaboutfrogs.org/weird/general/frenchfrogs.html
 
Mar 23rd, 2002, 02:30 AM
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Mimi Taylor, what a dumb bird you are. Britons refer to the slimy french as "frogs".
 
Mar 23rd, 2002, 03:25 AM
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For the same reason that the Germans were called krauts and the English rosbifs.

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Mar 23rd, 2002, 04:23 AM
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Sue, thank you very much for taking the time to research the "FROG" referance to the French. Now i understand.

Just one more question please?
Do the French get highly insulted when they are referred to as "FROGS"?
 
Mar 23rd, 2002, 05:06 AM
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The real answer is teh heralsic one.

And no they don't like being called frogs. The prefer "cheese eating surrender monkeys".

Thanks to groundskeeper willie for that one.
 
Mar 23rd, 2002, 06:08 AM
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My friend from Austria said it doesn't matter what they're called everyone else in Europe hates them.

As he said they are, after all still the French.
 
Mar 23rd, 2002, 06:33 AM
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Ian, The G.I. s returning from









Ian, The G.I.s returning from World War 11 after serving time in France referred to the French as frogs.
and the Brits were called Limeys.






 
Mar 23rd, 2002, 06:35 AM
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For those of you that are interested their is a bar in Paris , rue st Denis by the metro Etienne Marcel , called The Frog & Rosbif
www.frogpubs.com
 
Mar 23rd, 2002, 07:23 AM
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The French were called Frogs a very long time ago because, as the story goes, they sounded like frogs to the people who encountered them. The French men were said to speak with very deep voices that reminded the strangers of frogs ribitting!

And in response to your query, no they don't mind being called "frogs", they actually enjoy it!



http://hometown.aol.com/brooklynboy59/index.html
 
Mar 23rd, 2002, 09:02 AM
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So, referring to the French as sounding like "FROGS" when they speak, is actually complimentary.

I must compliment them more often!
 
Mar 23rd, 2002, 11:48 AM
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Mimi: World War eleven ???

You mean I missed NINE world wars ?

GodDAMMIT !
 
Mar 23rd, 2002, 03:07 PM
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Ok, ok, Rambo, if I'm a bimbo, you're my himbo.
 
Mar 23rd, 2002, 03:11 PM
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One wonderful but unknown restaurant in Paris is Freddy de Grenouille. I posted info on this place here many months ago.
Grenouille is the French word for frog. The uppities on this forum won't appreciate this truly original place, but you do-it-at-least-once-for-what-the-hell types will come home with a story to tell. I've been to Freddy several times and could write another book starting with this place. South of Paris, Peter Mayle has nice stories about the frogs and their legs in his latest book FRENCH LESSONS.
 
Mar 24th, 2002, 11:08 AM
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Mar 24th, 2002, 12:42 PM
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Apr 23rd, 2004, 05:08 AM
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The term FROGS was used in World War II. The French were experienced scuba divers. They were used in such tasks as searching for mines and attaching explosives to the bottom of ships and bridges, all very dangerous tasks.
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Apr 23rd, 2004, 05:18 AM
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Gosh! I'd always assumed it was because of their extraordinary jumping powers - just goes to show how wrong you can be.

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Apr 23rd, 2004, 05:35 AM
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"And no they don't like being called frogs. The prefer "cheese eating surrender monkeys"."


Thanks to david west for that one.

Who else in the world eat frogs?
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