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Informed by centuries of Technicolor culture and a simmering stew of ethnicities, New Orleans speak is as individual as the city that inspires it. Where y'at? Shotgun house. Flying horses If you've ever wondered what these expressions mean or how they came about, read on.
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The area was in "back of" the natural levees along which the city first developed. A term of endearment a parent or grandparent would call a small child, presumably Cajun in origin.
Sometimes refers to your sweetheart, too. When you order a po-boy"dressed" means you want lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mayo on it. Any merry-go-round or carousel, but specifically the antique carousel in City Park's Carousel Gardens.
Pronounced gree-gree, it refers to a Voodoo good luck charm that protects the wearer from evil. A little something extra pronounced LAN-yap. This could be a free dessert at the restaurant or a treat on the pillow at your hotel.
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Old-timers in New Orleans "make groceries" at the store. Since "faire" means both "to do" and "to make," making groceries came from a slight error in translation from French to English. The median or grassy strip in the middle of a road. The term is said to have originally referred to the wide median on Canal Street, which separated the residents of the French and Creole part of town from the more newly settled American sector. The equivalent of a county in the other 49 states. Louisiana has parishes instead because it was originally ruled by the Roman Catholic nations of France and Spain.
From the French paroisse. One of New Orleans' most distinctive architectural symbols, these are the long, narrow houses you see with rooms all lined up in a row. The de is thought to be an evolution of the African "long house" style brought to Louisiana via Haiti. This standard New Orleans greeting means simply "How are you? Just say you're doing alright.
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Boo-coo A lot. Origin in Haitian Creole and French beaucoup. Brah A shortened form of "brother," used between men to address one another. By my house Means "at my house. Cold drink Soda or soft drink. Dressed When you order a po-boy"dressed" means you want lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mayo on it.
Fais Do Do A Cajun dance party. Lots of good food, lots of good music. Flying horses Any merry-go-round or carousel, but specifically the antique carousel in City Park's Carousel Gardens.
Gris-Gris Pronounced gree-gree, it refers to a Voodoo good luck charm that protects the wearer from evil. Lagniappe A little something extra pronounced LAN-yap. Laissez les bon temps rouler French for let the good times roll, our motto here in New Orleans. Make dodo Pronounced doe-doe. Go to sleep. Comes from the French faire dodo, which is from faire dormir. Making Groceries Old-timers in New Orleans "make groceries" at the store. Neutral ground The median or grassy strip in the middle of a road. Parish The equivalent of a county in the other 49 states.
Connotes something small or petty. Shotgun houses One of New Orleans' most distinctive architectural symbols, these are the long, narrow houses you see with rooms all lined up in a row. Who dat? Expression of agreement or happiness.
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