July 6th is World Kissing Day. Why do we kiss and why do we love to do it as we say “à la française”?
The richness of the French language has given rise to several synonyms for the word kiss: kiss, embrassade, bécot, palot, skate, galoche... From the Encyclopédie of Diderot and d'Alembert to the Trésor de la langue française, the definitions of the kiss will have succeeded one another before seeing them very fortunately limited to two very specific domains which will be social relations as a sign of submission or reconciliation and affective and loving relations as signs of tenderness between two lovers.
From the butterfly kiss, to the Florentine kiss, there are a thousand and one ways to kiss, but it is the famous French kiss, French Kiss, which has been interpreted many times in the cinema, that we wanted to put in the spotlight.
So let's rely on the Cambridge Dictionary of our Anglo-Saxon friends to define it: the French kiss is to kiss someone with their lips open and on their tongue. It's a good start a priori but far too far from our sensuality.