Saturday, November 27, 2004

french kissing habits
It didn't take me long to get used to the kiss on each cheek we have over here as a greeting. I am talking about greeting girls of course - I'm not having any of that kissing boys lark that some French guys do.

The map below stolen from a newspaper and photoshopped reveals the interesting fact that there is no standard French pattern for the number of kisses kissed. Some regions go for only one, others for three or four.

It looks to me a bit like most of the places where there are only two kisses are on the borders, whilst the deeper into France you go the more kisses there are. I wonder if there's a reason for that?

Whilst Toulouse is certainly lacking a couple of kisses compared to other regions, the people on the edge of Poitou Charentes seem to be getting the worst deal with their one miserly kiss. It's not on land border over there, but there are some ports in the area seeing as it's next to the Atlantic.

Hmmm, what do you reckon? Why the differences?

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