Why is french called the language of love? Please comment on your opinion!
I hope this is not considered spam, but I just wondered why French is called the language of love. I have heard it in a lot of books and pretty much anything that mentions french. Is there a certain reason, Or is it just called that? (No matter what, I still I think that french is beautiful language)
I suspect it's partly because French was exotic enough, but familiar enough, to British and American audiences for it to be used in many books and then movies as a staple of romantic tales.
That's not to detract from the beautiful language itself, or the abundance of classic French literature with a love theme.
French, Spanish, Italian and similar languages the have male and female nouns are romance languages. Romance in that they have divided up their nouns as either male or female. How they determine what should be male or female is beyond my imagination, such as "le lait." Since when do men make milk? Lol!
In around 800BC, the Italian city-state of Rome conquered their neighbouring city-state Latinum, and adopted their language of Latin. Then Rome continued to expand across the mediterranean.
Then the in around 400AD the Visigoths under King Aleric sacked Rome, basically cutting the administrative head off the Empire. At that point though the Latin language had already become the Lingua Franca of the Mediterranean.
The distinct cultural regions of modern day France, Spain, Portugal, Romania and Italy developed their own cultures within their own regional spheres of influence. All of their distinct languages are said to be "Romantic" as in, "Having come from Rome".
The meaning of the word "Romantic" evolved into it's contemporary meaning in 1400s French literature, and that's why they are called the language of love.
If memory serves.