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One of the first things we did on Saturday morning was go to an orientation talk where we had King Cake and learned about good deals and how the locals talk.
It took a little while, but I finally got used to calling them STREETCARS. Because they are NOT trolley cars. That's a GREAT faux pas (French for 'bad idea').
But there are other, less obvious specifically New Orleans idioms.
* Dressed = Sandwiches served with lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise i.e. -"the works"
* Makin' groceries = Buying groceries
* Neutral Ground. = Median or grassy area between the paved areas on a boulevard where the STREETCARS run. (4 pictures here)
* Parish - -Louisiana has Parishes not Counties.
* The Parish refers to Chalmette, a suburb outside New Orleans.
* Police Jury -- Like a City Council, but has more legal authority
* Twinspan = twin bridges connecting the Northshore at Slidell with New Orleans across Lake Pontchartrain.
* Uptown = Area "upriver" from the French Quarter
Here are some pronounciations:
* Banquett (ban' ket) = Sidewalk-- originally French meaning a small bank along the road
* Calliope Street (Cal' i ope) (The ope said like rope--no "e" heard) Don't ask where "Cal-lie-o-pea" is, nobody will understand what street you're looking for!
* Fais do-do (Fay' dough dough) = A Cajun dance party, after the children have gone to sleep
* Gris gris (gree gree) = Voo Doo good luck charm
* Lagniappe (lan' yap) = Something extra that you didn't pay for--thrown in to sweeten the deal--like a baker's dozen .
* Muffuletta (Moo Fa' lotta) = Round, fat sandwich filled with salami-type meats, mozzarella cheese, pickles, and olive salad. (Second picture)
* Pirogue (Pee' row) = Flat-bottom canoe
* Tchoupitoulas Street (Chop a two' les) (tricky to say AND spell)
* Vieux Carre' (Vooo ca ray') (View ca ray') French for "Old Quarter", this is a term used for the French Quarter including world-famous Bourbon Street
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