Talkin’ Funny: Louisiana Style

Awesome explanation of some Cajun idioms…not so much what I grew up with in suburban/semi-rural New Orleans but definitely what I heard (and hear) the Lafayette area family say.

KEN WHEATON

"My mama, she went to the store, her, and just left me out here." “Mais, yall come see my new tricycle, cher!”

I must have been 17 years old before I ever uttered the phrase “come here.” And I did so only to make myself understood to what I thought was a somewhat dense Northerner, a Long Islander who couldn’t understand basic English.

In my part of the world, in South Louisiana, for some reason or other, we never said, “come here.” Instead, we said, “come see.” Always and forever, with no confusions or misunderstanding.

Yet the very first time I said “come see” in Southampton, New York, in the fall of 1991, the response was — well, I don’t have to tell anyone who wasn’t raised in Louisiana what the response was.

Me: “Come see.”
Friend: “See what?”
Me: “What?”
Friend: “Come see what?”
Me: Pause. Thinking. “Uh. Come here?”

And thus I switched from “come see” to “come here.”

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Your Weekly Conspiracy Theory*

Since I’m so disappointed in how little money (if any) goes to support breast cancer research, I’m really grateful to Rene for the Think Before you Pink website.

Brown is the new black.

Indeed – they’re out there. There is a faction of society who detests the marketing of a disease, especially Pink Ribbons. Since cosmetics tend to get a pass from the FDA on ingredients, many of the items marketed for goodwill/fundraising efforts are horrible for you and the environment.

So…while I do applaud the efforts made by cosmetics companies for fundraising, it would be great if they all made products that are environmentally conscious. During my treatments I couldn’t wear any fragrance (which is a passion of mine), most of my makeup was too irritating and the bath products I loved were also too drying and/or irritating.

You can also check out Think Before You Pink, which along with charitynavigator can help you decide where you’d like your discretionary dollars to do good works.

Today’s  BCC is Living Beyond Breast Cancer. they work to help to create a support…

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