With some help of friends back in California, I was able to get myself unstuck as a homeless person in NOLA and essentially do a fast paced series of transitions from NOLA to Atlanta, to Washington DC, to Cape Elizabeth, and finally to Rockport, MA. Distance travelled is 1,868 miles in the space of two weeks! But that is not the main subject of this entry. Read on to find out more.
One thing I noticed about New Orleans is the unique slang that is widely used by the populace, especially the natives and supporting section - the restaurant and hotel staff. Most of NOLA is becoming full of people from elsewhere, so the use of the slang is beginning to disappear. I was so amused by the slang, that I have adopted a small part of it into my vocabulary; and wish to share them here:
Who Dat - It has several uses from what I witnessed. It is sometimes used as a greeting - Who is that?; but mostly is a noun referring to another New Orlean citizen; and loudly chanted by the New Orleans Saints football team fans as support during the game. The Sainsts fans really love their team!
Wherey'at - Short for Where are you at? Self explanatory. I loved this one quite a bit, so have adopted it into my conversation on the phone, when I need to ask that question. Also spoken with emphasis - Wherey'at!?. This one was hardly spoken anymore but there is a local magazine that adopted that name.
All'right - This one is used very frequently and in a couple of occassions! First, it is used as a greeting, where the intonation is rather flat "Aww-riiite." Imagine passing someone on the street and saying "Wassup". Another occasion is when asking another if they are okay. "Al-riiight?" with the intonation going upwards. If in the positive or giving a default social answer, you repeat the same word with the intonation downwards to indicate that you are okay. This gets asked very often as the culture is very warm. Sometimes the asker will say the same thing with the intonation downwards to indicate acceptance of the situation.
What'cha got goin' on? - Although used everywhere, it is used very frequently to inquire on what someone is up to; or what they have planned for the day. I hear it multiple times a day, even when the answer is known and needs a quick update.
That is it for this post. I am trying to make the posts shorter and more frequent so that it is not such a high cost to do a posting, nor take up so much time, at a time. Until next time, I am in Gratitude!
Hi! My name is Peter Trinh, and I started a spiritual journey in the latter half of September of 2013. I plan to travel across the United States of America, and beyond! I am chronicling this on this website, and I hope you enjoy it!
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