French Fries OMG Fact

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Paul Griz

Paul Griz Asked 1 year ago

In regard to your question why fries, invented by the Belgians, are called French Fries... it is a retaliatory counter strike against the Belgians for stealing credit for the French Waffle.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 year ago

Hi Paul,

Now I have to look up whether that is true or not as well!  Too many OMG facts around...

For those of you who don't know what we are talking about take a listen to the Show #346 - Ask More Questions Podcast.

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Jasper Low

Jasper Low Posted 1 year ago

I looked it up and this is what I have found:


Some claim that fries originated in Belgium, where villagers along the River Meuse traditionally ate fried fish. ... It's said that this dish was discovered by American soldiers in Belgium during World War I and, since the dominant language of southern Belgium is Frenchthey dubbed the tasty potatoes “French” fries.




Paul Griz

Paul Griz Posted 1 year ago



Sorry Alois, I was just being factitious. I was referencing the Belgian Waffle which was introduced at the 1964 Worlds Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York.  It was the food sensation of the fair.  I attended this fair as a teen ager and had a Belgian Waffle there and can attest to the fact that they are delicious and totally addictive. 

Paul Griz

Paul Griz Posted 1 year ago



Jasper, I have heard a similar account of your statement. I think you are right. 


D K Posted 1 year ago

How does this relate to table tennis? :D

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

DK you will have to ask Jeff that... They are his OMG Facts on the Podcast Show #346 - Ask More Questions.

Kris Heyvaert

Kris Heyvaert Posted 6 months ago

I’m Belgian, and the explanation we were given on French fries has nothing to do with France.

basicly the “French” in French Fries comes from the old English verb french, meaning “ to cut  in thin lengthwise strips before cooking.”

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 6 months ago

Thanks for sharing Kris. The mystery deepens :)

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