Phrase “Pardon my French”
When William the Conqueror invaded England in 1066, he brought the beautiful French language. However, French was not spoken by ordinary people and only used by aristocrats and nobles. The use of the French language continued as a symbol of class and pompous expression.
In the 19th century, English speakers used unflattering French swear words in their conversations so that others could not understand. However, one way or another, they would excuse themselves by using the phrase “Pardon my French”. It was strange that someone apologized not for the use of blasphemy, but for the use of the French language. There is a long list of expressions and phrases in both languages that stem from bitter relations between the two countries.