I read Aunt Crazy's post today and she made the comment that she lived in the sticks and “goes to town.” I had to laugh at all the comments that said they too go to town. Is it only a Southern thing, or does that happen everywhere?
Anyway, it made me think about all the things Cajuns say that I KNOW the rest of the country, if not the world, doesn’t. I’m half-Cajun but live in Cajun country so I can say this with 100% certainty: Cajuns are some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet – with some of the craziest phrases you’ll ever hear. I’m pretty sure that I’m going to make Dee aka McSpicy probably an even more homesick Cajun but she’ll forgive me.
Do you go to the grocery store? Cajuns “make groceries” and when we get to the store they’ll ask you if you’re “getting down.” When you get home I bet you put the groceries up. Cajuns “save the groceries”. We “cut the water” and “shut the light”. When we want something really badly we have the “envies”. When we clean, we “pass” the vacuum or the mop. Especially older Cajuns will end a sentence with either yes or no. Such as “He sure can talk, yeah.”
We’ll call you “Boo” if we like you and “Coullion” (cooyaw) if the think you’re crazy. When we see a little “bebe” you will definitely hear “Aw mais chere’ (sha)”. We go visit our “Noncs” and “Tantes” (uncles and aunts) or if our parents asked them to be our godparents our “Nanny” and “Paran”.
Don’t believe me, chere’? Have you heard about Cajun Onstar? Make sure you listen close so you’ll know how you’re supposed to make a word possessive. You’ll never think of the word apostrophe the same way again.
Oh and this weekend – I’ll be seeing one of my fave Cajun musicians…Wayne Toups. I was looking for a video to share with you and found this one. If you stop/pause at about 22 seconds in you’ll see a little girl near and dear to my heart (and her mama standing right behind her). Imagine my surprise when I realized I had gone back in time about 17 years…oh my, the hair…lol! I can tell you this chere’ – we’re gonna pass a good time, yeah.