5 More Cajun Words & Phrases That Make Us Laugh
Over three years ago, I wrote a story here on our website about some funny Cajun words and phrases.
They were basically French words we use that give us a good chuckle in the way they sound or the meaning behind them.
I noticed the story has been getting shared again on social media the last several weeks. And there were a lot of comments and suggestions to other words and sayings that we all enjoy hearing.
So, it's only fitting that we take your suggestions and make a new list!
Here it is, by your request -- five more Cajun words/phrases that make us laugh.
Mais Garde Des Don(Meh Gahd Day Dawh)
This is one of my favorite sayings. I think when loosely translated it means "well look at that" or a facsimile thereof. You can find this expression in a Rod Bernard song called "Ga De Don, Ga De Don".
Roll that "r". According to the French-English Dictionary, this word is a noun meaning "jumble, hodgepodge, mess". I have a good friend named Richard Comeaux (quite possibly the world's greatest steel guitar player) who affectionately calls me this. Yes, I guess I am a jumbled mess sometimes.
Ta Tai(Tah Tie)
OK, I really have no clue how to spell this one and the internet was no help. But most Cajuns know the word Ta-Tai (or Bay-Tai). From what I know, it's used mostly for a monster. Gosh, can anyone help me on this one?
Poo Yie(Poo Yie)
Another one that I have no clue how to spell but we all use it! For the most part it is a term used in moments of excitement. An example would be, "Poo-Yie, that was a good play by Drew Brees!" And of course, we all use it in the past tense and in the negative way when we've had too much to drink and got "Poo-Yied"
Literally interpreted, capon means "to castrate" in verb form and "a castrated cock" in the noun tense. Alrighty then. We use it down here to mean "scared" -- i.e., "I was gonna go to the Museum of Fear, but poo-yai, I'm too capon, me!"