‘French Kiss’ is Finally a Real Word in France

May 30, 2013 5:36 PM

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American soldiers first coined the term "French kiss" upon returning from France after World War I. By the time Alfred Eisenstaedt shot this V-J Day photo in Times Square on August 14, 1945, the troops appear to have mastered the sensual oral technique.

In the language of love, the verb “galocher” — to kiss with tongues — has been elevated from gauche street slang to official recognition in Le Petit Robert 2014 French dictionary, which comes out today.

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