The terms Freedom Fries and Freedom Toast were created in 2003 to replace French fries and French toast, to express dismay with France by Republicans Bob Ney and Walter B. Jones over the latter country rejecting the War in Iraq, and especially evidence that turned up that their refusal dealt with their having contracts with Iraq before and during the war. The Congressional Cafeterias changed the name back to French fries in 2006. It is a good example of a political fad that had a short life.
During the First World War, some Americans called sauerkraut 'liberty cabbage' in an attempt to disassociate themselves with all things German.
Interestingly enough, "French Fries" and "French Toast" are not actually food derived from France. French fries are a culinary concept that originated in Belgium, and the origin of "French Toast" is unclear. Both terms and concepts arrived in the United States of America from soldiers returning from World War I.
- Hill Fries to be French Again (Washington Times)
- The "French" refers to the cut of the potato, similar to "French cut" green beans.