Louisiana slang

7 Louisiana Slang Words To Sound Like A Local

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.

Louisiana Slang

2. Dressed = Sandwich toppings

Sandwiches either come dressed (with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise) or they come undressed.

Louisiana Slang

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!

Louisiana Slang

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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