After doing a cold read on some chapters for me last week, one of my significantly younger sisters (waving to Barb) asked: "So, your heroine is hip, right? She's not a geek, right?"
Me: "No, she's not a geek. Why?"
Sis: "No one says 'Frenching' anymore."
I was genuinely shocked.
Me: "Really? Then what do they call it?"
Me: "No, I mean when there's tongue involved."
Sis: "Kissing. It's just called kissing. No one calls it Frenching."
Me: "I do. Maybe it's a generation thing."
Sis: "I have friends your age. They don't say Frenching."
Me: (grasping at straws) "Maybe it's a regional and generation thing."
Sis: (unconvinced) "Maybe."
I'll be the first to admit, I'm not up on the latest hip slang or what's considered dinosaur slang. I still say 'cool' which is probably 'uncool.' My heroine is close to my age so she can be a wee bit out of step, but I don't want her to come off like a total goober geek. So I substituted kissing for Frenching which read just fine. It's just that for moi, Frenching conjurs a slightly different visual. No big whoop, but I gotta know...
Be honest. Does anyone else out there think of open-mouthed kissing with tongue as 'Frenching'? Or am I a *gasp* living in the stone age? :)