The nomenclature of this milky, eggy breakfast treat is different depending on whom you ask. Yes, there is a similar concoction served in France, but it is called pain perdu. Early Americans ate something like it, but in those days they called it "dipped toast." The first English usage of the term "French toast" can be found in an American cookbook that dates from 1882. However, James Trager, in his book The Food Chronicles, claims that the soggy bread was called "German toast" in the States until World War I, when Americans, in a simultaneous show of solidarity and resentfulness against their enemy, changed the name to "French toast." Take that, mein Herr!