Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkEthnic Cuisine · 2 months ago

Why does Filet Mignon sound French?


Can any American tell me why it so popular in US?

7 Answers

  • F
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    @Alpha. English meat names , Pork, Ham,  Beef, Mutton , Venison are derived from French. This goes back to the Norman conquest when the ruling class were Norman’s and spoke French, and they are the meat.

    The animal names pig, cow, sheep, deer are Anglo Saxon , who then became the peasants and looked after the animals but didn’t get to eat much meat.

  • C'est peut-être parce que c'est français

  • Alpha
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    "Filet mignon" is a French term which literally means "dainty meat", but correctly translates as "small, round, tender cut of meat from near the loins or the ribs."  

    The English word "fillet" comes from the French word "filet" just as many words in English are of French origin.

    Filet Mignon is not just popular in the US, it is equally popular elsewhere around the world because the meat is considered the king of steak being very tender that it nearly melts in your mouth. That's why it is also the most expensive cut of beef you can buy.

  • denise
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The style of preparation for the 'filet' is French.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    As the two other answers have said, because they are French words!

  • 2 months ago

    Perhaps because it is French.  There are many French words in the English vocabulary.

  • Sathi
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    French words tend to sound French.

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