French schools ban ‘teeth sucking’, common in Africa and Caribbean

French schools ban ‘teeth sucking’

Schools across France impose a ban on “le tchip”, French for teeth-sucking, a sound made by sucking in air through pursed lips common in African and Afro-Caribbean culture.

Schools in France are imposing a ban on “teeth-sucking” – a sound made with the mouth common in African and Afro-Caribbean culture – because teachers deem it offensive and disrespectful.

“Le tchip” as the French call it, is a mark of annoyance, disapproval or disdain made by sucking air through the teeth through pursed lips while moving the tongue.  

Connoisseurs say the practice follows strict cultural rules, making it acceptable to use with peers or subordinates but never towards an elder or employer.

However, these subtleties are apparently lost on many French pupils, who reportedly increasingly unleash “le tchip” in class and in response to teachers.

Now certain schools in France have decided to clamp down on the habit, according to Le Parisien newspaper.

“It’s extremely vulgar,” said Eric Bongo, deputy head teacher at the Charles Baudelaire high school in Evry, near Paris. “I grew up in Africa and when I was young it was forbidden to ‘suck-teeth’ at others.  [Read more at …

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 06/05/2015 at 12:24 am

    Who knew?

  • De castro  On 06/05/2015 at 4:29 am

    Disgusting or just natural……sensor ship !😇
    Kuss or kiss me if you wish to but respectfully please 😈

    I respected individual tutors at college , others I despised for their hypocrisy
    /naiveity…..but “obeyed” all.

    In primary school it was “fear” of the “caning” some vicious that made me obedient. Today “respect” is earned not taught. We are not geese to be forced fed anymore. Respect the issue.😇
    My spill

  • Gigi  On 06/05/2015 at 10:36 am

    What will be next. Eye rolling, head bobbing and twerking. The French are so classy and refined. I was born in the wrong country and live on the wrong continent.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 06/06/2015 at 1:01 pm

    My niece was born in Canada – her mother hated when her daughter suck-teeth – talk about positive reinforcement?? My niece sucks her teeth to this day – I think it is funny, I forgot how …. and she is not even from deh.

  • De castro  On 06/06/2015 at 7:11 pm

    Suck teeth….is a “disagreement” or “no kiss fuh u”..can be considered “sulking”

    Awah rang aid dah..😈

    Mostly a “girl” habit/thing….can be funny !

    Awah wrang wid de French….dem ah nah Royal dem ah “republic”
    Chap all deh rayalty did de guillotine 😀

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