Louisiana Vocabulary…. For all our friends in Houston, who are from all over the U.S.
Geaux (Go)– A word people don’t know how to pronounce or the definition. Means go, as in geaux tigers!
Parish- Where you live…. Instead of county!
Café au Lait (kah-fay-oh-lay)- Coffee with steamed milk.
Pirogue (pee-row)- A Cajun canoe.
Lagniappe (lan-yap)- This word is Cajun for something extra…. Bonus!
Levee (le-vee)- An embankment built to keep a river from overflowing. (What broke in New Orleans after Katrina hit).
Laissez les bon temps rouler
(lay-zay lay bon ton rule-ay )-Let the good times roll! Said often for any fun time.
Fais do-do (fay doe doe)- Name for a Cajun dance party. We actually had one of these for our 8th grade end of year party.
Praline (praw-leen)- A New Orleans tradition … candy made of sugar, cream and pecans.
Vieux Carre (voo ca-ray)- French for old quarter. Used to refer to the French Quarter.
Beignet (ben-yea)- Square doughnut, minus the hole, sprinkled with powdered sugar. Usually served with café au lait. One of my favorites!
Roux (rue)- Base of gumbos or stews, made from flour & butter/oil.
Sauce Piquante (saws-pee-kawnt)-Means “spicy sauce”; is a spicy stew.
Zydeco (zi-de-co)-Creole dance music.
Boudin (boo-dan)- Hot, spicy pork mixed with onions, cooked rice, herbs, and stuffed in sausage casing.
Andouille (ahn-do-ee)- A spicy sausage used in Gumbo and other Cajun dishes.
Muffaletta (muff-uh-lott-uh)- An Italian sandwich with salami, ham, provolone cheese and olive salad.
Parran (pah ran)- Godfather
Snowball- Shaved ice (nearly powder) served with flavored syrups. AKA-Snow cones or shaved ice to everyone else!
Doubloons (duh bloons) -Aluminum coins stamped with a parade krewe’s insignia and theme.
Make dodo – (Pronounced doe-doe.) Go to sleep.
Sha (shaw)- Term of affection…. Darling, etc..
New Orleanian phrases/slang-
Where y’at– where are you?
Making groceries– going to the grocery store
Went by My Mama’s and N’em–
Visited my mom and family
Running the streets– out running errands
Chute-the-chute– Playground slide
Yea, you right!– Yes, you are right!
MY-Nez- Translated: “mayonnaise”
Tchoupitoulas Street (Chop a two’ les)- Interesting street name & one of the trickiest to pronounce–and spell!
Neutral ground- The grassy median area, separating the different lanes of traffic.
Alligator pear– avocado
Carnival time– Mardi Gras
Who Dat- who’s that?
A New Orleans Saints fan
A chant for New Orleans Saints fans: “Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?”