Doesn’t it sometimes seem like the French just own lingerie? They walk around in their tiny Parisienne flats and cigarette pants with their artful scarves and their perfect striped-bateau-with-peek-a-boo-straps combo like they invented lingerie. This is probably because, well, they did. This week we’re celebrating fresh pieces from our favorite French designers, and, to get a better understanding of how they nail it so effortlessly every time, we’re indulging our inner word-nerds and heading to the source. Here, a little linguistic lingerie history of our French favorites.