then; and, so.
While "where y'at" is
usually thought of as the common greeting innew orleans,
"awrite" is much more universal. A man may say "where
y'at" to a friend he passes by on the street, but he'll
say "awrite" to a stranger.
on the standard greeting,
but using an endearment usually reserved for a
friend, usually female.
Usage: "dey axed for you down by da vfw hall last night
admadeline's cousin's daughta's weddin'."
The sidewalk. Pronounced "bank it".
cook by surrounding something in hot, bubbling liquid;
the preferred method for cooking shellfish. For example,
many a new orleans student learned in world history that
a great defense of a castle under attack in the middle
ages was to dump "berlin' erl" on the attackers.
term of endearment......believed to be cajun in
universal name for a male, usually one with whom you are
not acquainted. Usually used in this manner: "awrite,
bra" and the greeting "say, bra"
By my house, by your
Analogous to the french terms
"chez moi"; "chez toi"; etc. Usage: "he slept by my
house last night." "at" is never used in this sense.
universal name for a male, usually one with whom you are
not acquainted. Women generally do not use this term.
See also podna and bra.
in roman catholic, the predominant religion in new
standard english word, but with a special pronunciation.
Yats say "see ment"
the female yat.
Pronounced "chaw muh"
form of address. Women use it universally to both sexes,
men use it toward women. See also hawt.
When ordering a po boy, "dressed" indicates
lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mynez on it. (see
vegetable product used for cooking, sautéing, making
roux, etc. 2. A petroleum product used to lubricate the
engine of your car. 3. Your uncle earl. (most new
orleanians have an uncle earl.)
Louisiana State University, baton rouge.
Occasionally preceded by the term, "go ta hell..."
or outlying neighborhood, as in faubourg marigny. A
neighborhood is considered outlying in relation to the
original neighborhood, the french quarter. Metairie
would never be a faubourg, because it wasn't part of the
city in the first place.
Accented on the first syllable. A
merry go round, sometimes specifically describing the
merry go round in city park, but also used in general.
used by new orleanians instead of "at" or "by" when
referring to time. E.g., "da parade's for 7:00, but we
betta get dere for 6 if we wanna find pawkin'." This one
tends to be particularly confusing to non-natives.
statement of agreement. 2. An excellent (but out of
print) book by yat artist bunny matthews, featuring
cartoons with actual dialogue heard on the streets of
phrased as a question, it means "is that so?" Or "ya
kiddin'!!" When phrased as a statement, it's an
affirmation, a shortened version of "nuh uh, i ain't
lyin' ta ya ..."
supernatural deity, worshipped by most new
Pronounced gree gree;. Noun, a (voodoo)
spell. Can be applied for nefarious purposes ("to put a
gris gris on someone"), or as a force to ward off evil,
like wearing a gris gris bag (the folks at the voodoo
shop on dumaine will make one to order for about $20).
A term of endearment.
House coat 'n
The preferred dress for charmers
while shopping at schwegmann's.
I'll take me
May i have a...
drugstore, as in (k&b, katz and besthoff). The
ampersand always is silent.
Pronounced lan yap. A little something
extra. Also, the name of the entertainment pull out
section of the friday edition of the new orleans times
you hang your clothes, analogous to the english word
"closet". Example: "mom mah! Where my shoes at?" "looka
in ya locka!" See looka.
imperative case of the verb "to look". Usually
accompanied by a pointing gesture. Often used as a
single exclamation: looka!"
Lookit da t.v.
To watch t.v.
makin' groceries - to do grocery shopping.
pear or chayote squash, which grows wild in louisiana
and in backyards throughout new orleans. Pronounced mel
lee tawn, and wonderful when stuffed with shrimp and ham
"throw me somethin' mista". Never used in any other
context; "bra" or "cap" is used regularly.
The grassy or cement strip in the middle of
the road. The terms "median" and/or "island" are never
used in new orleans. Use of one of those foreign terms
instead of "neutral ground' is a dead giveaway that you
ain't from around here, or anywhere close. If you're
lucky, you live on a street with a neutral ground big
enough to play football on.
The way silly tourists pronounce "new
orleans". Natives do not do this. Exception song lyrics,
as in "do you know what it means to miss new orleans",
for example, and when omitting the "new", as in "orleans
parish", which is always pronounced or leens. Confusing,
isn't it? More on this below.
po-boy that is not dressed, which only contains the main
Pronounced "r wut," and placed at the end
of a question: "you gonna finish eatin' dat , 'r what?"
Ova da river
Across the river.
A general replacement for the
prepositions "at" and "to", particularly when referring
to someone's home, or a destination in general. "where
ya goin'?" "ova by ma mamma's."
louisiana state administrative district, analogous to
the american "county". When used by yats in the phrase
"da parish", it generally means st. Bernard parish
specifically, which is suburban to new orleans.
stop at a place, for a visit or to accomplish something.
"ya gonna be home later? I'll pass by ya house." It
doesn't mean just to drive by in our car and keep going ...
quintessential new orleans lunch, a sandwich on good,
crispy new orleans french bread. This definition doesn't
begin to describe what a po boy is all about, so if you
really don't know you need to get one soon.
universal form of address for a male. Frequently used in
the emphatic statement, "i tell you what, podna ..."
'Scuse me pawdon me
Polite expression when trying to get by
somebody or moving through a crowd, spoken as one word.
A playground slide.
expressed as "da stoop". The front steps to your house,
particularly if it's a shotgun duplex. What ya go out
and sit on to chat wit'ya neighbas (an' ta keep an eye
of endearment used primarily by yat females. Pronounced
shoog; with a soft "oo"; as in "book".
for the sanitary disposal of human waste and for nasty
food ya snuck away from da table as a child (like ma
mamma's roast beef...yuck).
Uptown side, downtown
side, lakeside, riverside
The four cardinal
poi nts of the new orleanian compass. "north, south,
east, west" do not work in new orleans.
Vedge a tibble
Neither animal nor mineral. What ya mamma
used to make ya eat before ya could leave the table when
ya were a kid. The word has four syllables.
Where ya stay
Where do you live?
The greeting. The proper
response is, "awrite."
clean something under running water. "aw baby, ya hands
'r filthy! Go wrench 'em off in da zink." See zink.
Your mother. Used in a variety of ways,
usually endearing. Also usable as an insult,
specifically as a simple retort when one is insulted
first; simply say, "ya mamma." Be prepared to defend
yourself physically at this point.
term for your immediate family, as in "hey dawlin',
how's yamamma'n'dem?" Spoken as one word.
A sign of definite agreement. The
accent is on the first word, and it's spoken as one word.
manufacturer of spices, seasonings, pickled products and
condiments. In context, it's used by some as a generic
term for either crab boil or creole