Posted by Bogart on March 28, 2003
In Reply to: Re: Frogs - the truth. posted by TheFallen on March 28, 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.
Fr as in Fr-ench
Fr-ogs as in an ugly and repulsive creature.
Plus the French have a history of eating frogs - so frog-eaters, froggies, frogs.