January 22, 2020

Oui, Oui

The period including the 15th and 16th centuries AD, which saw major advances in art, science, navigation, commerce, and literature, is called “The Renaissance” because this word means “rebirth” in French. Other periods experiencing a flourishing or renewal are often said to be part of a renaissance.

RSVP stands for “Repondez s’il vous plait,” or “please respond” in French.

French fries first appeared in 1840s Paris as “pomme frites” (“fried potatoes”), quickly became popular and spread to the US as “French fried potatoes,” and by the 1930s people were just calling them “french fries.” Despite these origins, they are now called “American fries” in many parts of the world.