Thursday, September 20, 2007

How Do You Say, "Brush Your Teeth" in French?


This is interesting:

ONE OF the tired cliches about Europe is that its inhabitants all have mossy teeth, and have limited enthusiasm for matters of personal hygiene. This is a deporable generalisation, and not a serious subject for discussion. That said... crikey there is a jaw-dropping piece in today's Le Figaro, tucked away in the health pages (alas, not seemingly available on the internet).

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57% of French children under five have never brushed their teeth


Yikes! Via Megan McArdle at the Atlantic.

Looks like a job for Prof. Colin Jones.

I have followed up my article on 'Tooth-pulling in Eighteenth-Century Paris', Past and Present, 2001, with interdisciplinary research which will lead on to other publication and a book on the cultural history of the smile.


God I love the Internet. Found the info on Prof. Jones while searching for appropriate image.

1 comment:

Cate Ross said...

I believe the French for "Brush Your Teeth" is "Brossez vos dents!"

I can't believe that statistic either!