Posted in Louisiana by Jackie Ann
Growing up in Louisiana, you’re bound to hear some interesting phrases. You may not even think they’re unique until you say them outside of Louisiana, when you’re bound to raise a few eyebrows. Some of these phrases are Cajun, some of these phrases are found throughout Louisiana and all of them will make you say “Yep, I’ve said that before.”
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1. Dressed Wally Gobetz/Flickr No, we’re not talking about putting clothes on. In Louisiana, this term refers to how you’d like your po’boy. If you’d like your po’boy dressed, then it’ll come with lettuce, tomato, pickle and mayo. 2. Cher Hailey/Flickr Used as a term of endearment, meaning “love” or “dear”. 3. Fais do-do Shreveport-Bossier/Flickr This Cajun term refers to a a party that lasts long into the night. 4. Debris Joanne Wan/Flickr Ever picked off the little burnt pieces that fall off of a roast? Some would say it’s the best part, and we call that “debris”. 5. Pass a good time jc.winkler/Flickr We love to pass a good time! In other words, we like to have a good time. 6. Beaucoup Memphis CVB/Flickr Pronounced boo-coo, it’s French for “a lot.” As in, there were beaucoup people at the crawfish boil. 7. Ca c’est bon Jason Meredith/Flickr It’s good! 8. Holy Trinity Jessica/Flickr The cornerstone of all Cajun and Creole cooking begins with the Holy Trinity: onions, bell peppers, and celery. 9. Laissez les bon temps rouler! Nathan Rupert/Flickr Let the good times roll! 10. Lagniappe nola.agent/Flickr A little something extra you probably weren’t expecting. 11. Make Groceries phrawr/Flickr That weekly trip to the grocery store! 12. Save Groceries meaduva/Flickr After you make ‘em, ya gotta save ‘em! (AKA, put them away.)
What are some other phrases unique to Louisiana? Let us know in the comments below!