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As a port city, New Orleans has served as a fertile home and gateway to the Americas, from the original Choctaw inhabitants of the region to the French, Spanish and African settlers that melded to create Creole culture and food. The cultures that comprise modern New Orleans have all brought their own language and colloquialisms to the table, and the city has shaped them to form new catch-phrases.
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Cities of the Dead: New Orleans cemeteries. Because of the high water table, we spend the afterlife buried above ground instead of six feet under it. Elaborate monuments cluster together like small communities. We head Uptown, Downtown, Riverside and Lakeside. Gris-gris gree-gree : A voodoo good luck charm that protects the wearer from evil. Most are now fishermen, trappers and master boat builders in St. Bernard Parish. Jazz: A mixture of African and Creole rhythms with European styles and instruments. Some say it was local barber Buddy Bolden who invented it in Lagniappe lan-yap : A little something extra, like a free coffee or dessert or a few extra ounces of boudin.
Laissez les bons temps rouler! Its origins are a mistranslation of the French phrase for the same action. Neutral Ground: A median. Pass a good time: To live it up or party. Connotes something small or petty.
Pirogue: A shallow canoe used in the bayous.
Secondline: The people who follow a brass band on the street while waving handkerchiefs in a circle above their he. Term of affection meaning darling, dear, or sweetheart. It could also be a reference to something that is cute. Charles Avenue to the riverbend. Eventually, the line became electric and now locals ride the lines to work on the original electric cars.
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