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French didn't really enter into it, although I'm sure some families were trilingual and included that language as well. The local language is well-suited to the local person. You may now be wondering It's derived from the local greeting, "Where y'at!
I never really heard the term while growing up, and neither did many of my fellow New Orleanians. It's come into casual acceptance, although the acknowledged expert on local speech, Bunny Matthews, hates the word and considers it a pejorative.
Bunny told me he though that it's "the kind of thing that a Tulane student from the Northeast would come up with. Many if not most New Orleanians will use a few, some or all of the terms below, but not all New Orleanians employ the truly hardcore local pronunciations.
A brief explanation of what constitutes the true essence of local speech and its users is offered here, excerpted from Tim Lyman's introduction to Bunny Matthews' wonderful first book of comic strips featuring New Orleans dialogue, F'Sure!: In a bit of double irony, not only is Tim not a local Bunny describes him as a "Yankee"but Bunny himself refuses to use the word "Yat" to describe either locals or their speech.
Still, it's one of the best descriptions of localness I've ever read: For those of you unfamiliar with New Orleans culture, a good place to start is that there are basically only two kinds of people in New Orleans.
The first is those folks that live, as one [of Bunny's] cartoon characters puts it, in Gatorland -- "Yeah, you know Another clue is that all skinny people are from Gatorland, although not all people from Gatorland are skinny. And they often have 59 rows of teeth.
The other kind of New Orleanian is Everyone Else, dose folks dat talk normal. Be they Black, White or Creole, whether they live right in the backyards of Uptown or way out in da Ninth Ward, Chalmette, or even across da River, they are united in the fact that their homes and lives have not been renovated, that life is the same as it's always been, only worse.
The best generic term for Everyone Else is "Yat", a word too often limited by its etymology so that it refers merely to those who greet you with "Where y'at?
Yat is actually much broader than this; it is a state of mind. Unlike the Gatorlander, who is always consumed with the particulars of trying to live the modern life, the Yat is convinced that modernity is a disaster.
Naturally enough then, the Yat feels most alive in the most disastrous of circumstances. The average New Orleanian housewife, as Bunny once noted, has an internist's working knowledge of every possible disease that can be caught in these parts. The man who holds the attention of the barroom is the guy who can top everyone else's hard luck stories.
I'll agree that he doesn't sound remotely Southern, nor does he have a New Orleans accent. Here is a montage of New Orleans accents. Khan's accent is fairly neutral to these Midwestern ears. Of course there is no established orthography for the Creole patois, and this obscure dialect of a Romance tongue is written, like the Spanish, without regard to etymology and simply by the sound, though the letters, in passing from the language into the dialect, have not kept their original value. PO-BOY - The quintessential New Orleans lunch, a sandwich on good, crispy New Orleans French bread. This definition doesn't begin to describe what a po-boy is all about, so if you really don't know you need to get one soon.
The Great Flood of May 3, was the most exciting of recent times, at least until another Hurricane comes. Even Carnival is talked of by the Yat in the most matter-of-fact ways, only the abominations of tradition being noteworthy.
A few words on New Orleansese: For those who have never heard it, you must begin by imagining Brooklynese on Quaaludes. The dialect changes, too, within the City, from Schwegmann's to Schwegmann's.
Each neighborhood has its own input to the living language. But mostly, the local dialect is one of inflection. Whether it's a "you" or a "ya" or a "y'", whether there is time for a "th" or only a "d", all depends on the placement of the word in the phrase, where the accents fall.
Some folks wonder aloud why [Bunny's cartoon] characters are often so fat and ugly. Strange question to ask when a little neutral observation reveals that 99 percent of native New Orleanians are both overweight and unpleasant to look at.
Of course, it's the diet. The food in New Orleans is the best in the world, but light it ain't. Like the character who exclaims, "It ain't da seafood dat makes ya fat anyway -- it's da batta! Obesity and facial dots seem a small price to pay for such pleasure -- me, I'll take the food.
It may help make the difference between a mere tourist and a truly interested visitor, and I think that's an important distinction. You don't want to look like an idiot, saying "Huh?And then New Orleans has a dialect all it’s own. The oil industry has made the dialect of the younger kids in the larger cities a bit more standard But Cajun French and creole languages still have left a .
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Sep 16, · Seriously the accents in New Orleans vary from certain parts of the city. Dig up some videos from the local tv news and you will get a good idea Status: Resolved.
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