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Q: Nicknames for the French people. ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Nicknames for the French people.
Category: Relationships and Society > Cultures
Asked by: jim1312-ga
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Posted: 04 Jan 2003 15:51 PST
Expires: 03 Feb 2003 15:51 PST
Question ID: 137534
Why are the French called Frogs?
Subject: Re: Nicknames for the French people.
Answered By: juggler-ga on 04 Jan 2003 16:31 PST

There are a number of competing theories on how the "frog" nickname
came to be:

Here are six such theories from the web page "Archived French Frog
(1) Many French people enjoy eating frog legs.
(2) Clovis, an early Frankish king, adopted frogs as part of his
(3) France's national emblem, the Fleur de Lys, resembles a frog.
(4) England's Queen Elizabeth I had a French suitor whom she
affectionately called her "little frog.""
(5) The lands around Paris were swampy, so the peasants who dwelled
there were called "frogs" by the upper classes.
(6) At one time, French soldiers wore camouflaged uniforms and
resembled frogs.

Also see this explanation from the web site
"'Frog' was indeed at one time a popular derogatory term for a French
person, though it didn't start out quite that way. Originally (around
1330), 'frog' was applied by Britons to almost any group they found
objectionable, and was aimed at both Jesuits and the Dutch before it
was decided in the late 18th century that the French, with whom
England was then at war, were the real 'frogs.'"

Some of the same theories mentioned above are repeated on the page
"Ask The History Doc: Why are the French called Frogs?" on

Alse see some Usenet discussions of the matter, archived by Google

search strategy: french, "called frogs", because

I hope this helps.
Subject: Re: Nicknames for the French people.
From: filian-ga on 04 Jan 2003 18:50 PST
One of the Episodes of Horatio Hornblower was called "The Frogs and
the Lobsters" -- Frog referring to the French and Lobster referring to
the British. Why were the Brits called "lobsters"? Does that have
something to do with them being sailors? This question brought it to
Subject: Re: Nicknames for the French people.
From: answerfinder-ga on 05 Jan 2003 05:26 PST
Lobsters refers to the bright red uniforms the British soldiers wore.
answerfinder-ga (a Hornblower fan)

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