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12 Phrases That Will Make You Swear New Orleanians Have Their Own Language

If you’re new to New Orleans, there’s a good chance you’ve heard things that you had a little trouble understanding. Here’s your guide if you want to understand the locals—and even sounds like a local from time to time.

How many of these phrases have you heard? Which ones do you say? Which ones did we miss from this list? Let us know in the comments below. We love to hear your comments and feedback!

Kezia Kamenetz
Kezia Kamenetz is a native to southern Louisiana and lives in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans currently. When not writing about all the amazing things to be found in her state, her central passion is dreams and the wisdom they can offer, which you can learn more about by visiting