bareboards2 says... I was JUST reading about this in Mental Floss magazine! Paris Syndrome. Who knew? oritteropo said: It's fairly well known that many Japanese are Francophiles The reality may not meet their expectations though - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6197921.stm The French name for dandelion is because the root is a diuretic. Our name is also from French, dent de lion (Lion's tooth) from the serrated shape of the leaves.