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Monday, May 24, 2010

How y’all is?

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. 

9 comments:

Candance said...

I can't see a damn thing in that video. Probably cause my eyes are bad and swollen from allergies and crying all day. Stupid Rosie O'Donnell family fun cruise with all those little kids loving their gay parents people being haters.

We get down when we go to the store.

GunDiva said...

We go to town. And we also go "up the hill" and "down the hill" in reference to going to and from my parents' place. The "hill" happens to be at 8500 feet above sea level.

Oh, and we "put the light" (turn on/off the light) and "put the fire" (turn on/off the stove).

starnes family said...

I heart Cajuns. All of them. Even the ones I can't understand. And, I lived in Baton Rouge for 7 years!

{Kimber} said...

great post!!! SOOO true too :)

Heather said...

Thank you!!! I never could figure out why all my mom and her cousins called that guy Nonc.
(I have some cajun relatives, but I rarely ever see them.)
Nonc owned a bar...but I never knew what they were talking about until I saw it. They called it a, "lounge".

Michelle Hoad said...

I've got some coonass in my family. Although I have never heard a few of those statements from them. I guess they Texified when they finally came to God's country.

Dee said...

Lmao...now I AM homesick!! I can't wait to "pass a good time" with you chere'! My Nieces kids call me Ta taunt Dee, it's so cute when they say it!!

I saw in your other post about your Dad! That's great news boo! But dayum if you didn't make me hungry for some Bluebell! I haven't had that in ages!!

Small Town Girl said...

Haha. East Texas have their own little language too. Don't you just love that. And yeah...we go to town.

amber dodd. said...

I love Cajuns....too too much! :)