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Mastering the art of the French kiss

Where does the expression ‘French kiss’ come from? And what really makes a kiss French? We offer a tutorial.

The history of the French kiss

Before Americans started describing kissing with tongues as being French, we already had a ‘French kiss’. According to Vaughn Bryant Jr, professor and head of the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University and a specialist in the history of the kiss, the French kiss was born in the 5th century BC in the Indian Kama Sutra. It was then brought to Europe by Alexander the Great and ultimately spread across the world. In the 18th and 19th centuries, American puritans landed in France and were shocked to discover this deep kiss, and more broadly France’s much freer morals.

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