The Globetrotter’s Glossary: Word of the Day is Francestuous


Francestuous (adj.)

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Roots: France & Incestuous (Click on the links to find the meanings of the root words on Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

Definition: A picturisation or representation of France by a related or neighboring (often Anglo-phonic) nation’s culture as something voluptuous, sensual or virginal, where the French identity is projected as a consenting half of an inter-cultural intercourse.

Example: What could have been a more appropriate choice than casting Marion Cottilard in A Good Year or Midnight in Paris to augment those Francestuous elements that have historically enthralled the colonials and the Americans, alike?


Coldnoon Bureau

Coldnoon Bureau

Coldnoon (International Journal of Travel Writing & Travelling Cultures) is a refereed, international and interdisciplinary online and print journal that publishes poetry, research papers and nonfiction on the subjects of travel, literary and human geography, psychogeography, and new perspectives on spatiality and travel.