Friday, December 01, 2017

How's ya mamma and dem?

Here in Louisiana, we are known for Mardi Gras and King Cakes.  We eat gumbo, boudin, and jambalaya.  We go trawlin, crabbin', huntin', and fishin'.  There's a festival for just about any reason you can imagine where you can ride the flying horses (merry go round) at da fair.  I can't forget you can get a 'go cup' for your drank and then there's the drive through daiquiri shops in every town.

We also talk funny here in the Deep South.

"Y'all" can be singular or plural, depending on how it's used.  "All y'all" is definitely plural, but just a "y'all" can go either way.  "All y'all's" is obviously possessive.

The cashier at the Wal-Mart has been calling everybody "bae" long before it became a thing.  And "sha" (cher.)

Nobody asks, "How are you?"  Instead, we often hear, "How's ya mamma and dem?"  Translation:  How are you and your entire family:  mom, dad, brothers, sisters, grandma, etc.  Everybody.

We have "maw-maws" and "paw-paws" instead of grandmothers and grandfathers.  Godparents are "Nanny and Parran."

 "Where you stay at?" means "where do you live?" 

Instead of "come here" we say "come see."

"You have time to get down?"  Means "do you have time to exit your vehicle to come inside and visit?"

My grandma was a mean old Cajun lady.  She threw a 'me" into every sentence.  'I don't know, me."  "I'm not putting up with that, me."  "Me, I saw that lady yesterday."

Confused yet?

Perhaps one of the most bewildering terms to Northerners is how we are always fixin' things that aren't broken.  "I'm gonna start fixin' dinner."  "I'm fixin' to go to the store."  "I was fixin' to call you."

I could go on and on with our Cajun slang, but we have more important things on today's agenda!!

Since it's December 1st, it's time once again to say Hello to my Holidailies friends!!  Welcome, Sha!  It's been a while.  A big hello to all of y'all.  Y'all got time to get down for a while and catch up?   How's ya mamma and dem?


  1. Yay! Happy Holidailies!

  2. Hey, you're back for Holidailies! Cool!

  3. Happy Holidailies. I've been in Texas for 13 years now, and I'm still learning Southern slang, but it's a bit different here than there. LOVED this post. Glad you're back.

  4. Texas slang and Louisiana slang are surprisingly different animals (and both of them are different from deep-south slang) but I do say "fixin' to" an awful lot.

  5. I'd love to visit Louisiana someday! I am a big fan of Cajun food!