If you’re spending some time in the state, you will want to know these Louisiana slang words to help you speak like a local. From great road trips to tasty burgers, as well as enjoyable cities like New Orleans, this is a state you will want to get to know a whole lot better.
The Best Louisiana Slang Words
1. Lagniappe = Bonus
A little something extra that you didn’t pay for is lagniappe, like a baker’s dozen or something special to sweeten a deal.
2. Dressed = Sandwich toppings
Sandwiches either come dressed (with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise) or they come undressed.
3. Pinch the tail and suck the head = Crawfish eating
How you eat crawfish: once the head of the crawfish is separated from the tail you pinch the bottom — loosening up the meat to eat it — and then you suck the tasty seasoned juices from the crawfish head!
4. Envie = Craving
Envie (ahn-VEE) is Cajun, meaning a hunger or longing to eat something.
5. Makin Groceries = Food shopping
Going shopping for food.
6. Holy Trinity = Cajun flavouring
If you want a good étouffée, gumbo, or jambalaya, it all starts with the holy trinity of Cajun cooking: onions, bell peppers, and celery.
7. Hurrication = Vacation during storm season
During hurricane season, many New Orleanians take a short vacation out of state.
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