Posted by TheFallen on March 28, 2003
In Reply to: Frogs posted by ESC on March 27, 2003
: : : Just wondering. Apperently 'cheese-eating surrender monkey' is from the Simpsons.
: : Dict. of Amer. Slang says "Probably from 'frog-eater.'" I'm guessing that alliteration helped.
: FROG - "a Frenchman, was common in England by 1870 but became well known in the U.S. only during World War I. It is probably from the French relishing frogs as a delicacy, reinforced by the toads on the coat of arms of the city of Paris." From "I Hear America Talking" by Stuart Berg Flexner (Von Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, 1976).
The French are called "frogs", at least by us in England, because we're too well-mannered to say what we *really* think.