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7 Louisiana Sayings That Outsiders Probably Won’t Get

We are state filled with unique people, unique food, a unique lifestyle, and a colorful language to describe it all. I have lived in Louisiana for almost 30 years. I still haven’t captured all the meanings, nuances, and a basic understanding of our entire verbal communication vocabulary. Perhaps you’re in my boat too. Here’s seven more phrases that will help you feel a little less out of the loop.

Fell into profound sleep
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Going do-do



In my home state of Mississippi, we had a phrase similar to that which meant a trip to the bathroom to evacuate the bowels. Not so much in Louisiana. The “do-do” is pronounced like dough-dough. It means I am going to sleep. I have only heard that phrase once and I thought the person who said it was going to bring back donuts.


Inspection sticker
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Brake Tag



It took me a while to figure this one out. I thought ‘brake tag’ would be something you’d do to discourage tailgating but I was wrong. A Brake Tag is another term for an inspection sticker. By the way, the legislature is looking at eliminating the need for an inspection sticker on your vehicle. Which would make sense because the only time your inspection sticker is ever brought into question is when the brakes don’t work.


Driving sunny day
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Neutral Ground



We had a caller phone into the station to tell us about an accident in which an 18-wheeler had crashed and was sitting on “neutral ground”.  I had no idea where the neutral ground was. It turns out the neutral ground is what I would call the median or as some people say “the medium”. I guess when your truck is stuck in the median you better put it in neutral until the wrecker comes.


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What Time Is It For?



I was able to figure this one out on my on. However, when I went back home to visit I used the phrase and was given a long look of misunderstanding. “What time is it for” means what time does it start. That way you and your companions will know when you need to “get down”. You see what I did there?


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My first guess was this was someone who participated in rodeo. I would imagine he would be the kind of cowboy that dressed fancy. It turns out to “rodier” (pronounced row dee yay) means to just wander around. As in walking aimlessly with no apparent purpose, kind of like our legislature.


Mama June Shannon





Maybe this is what you do before you “go do-do”? It turns out this doesn’t involve a bathroom unless you’re forced to stop at a sketchy gas station or the Mississippi Welcome Center. It means trashy or nasty. I am sure this word is used a lot when describing Kardashians.


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Kayley Melissa via YouTube





When I first heard this phrase I assumed it meant a part of the female anatomy that I was not to touch without explicit permission from my wife. It turns out I can probably touch her padookie/badookie and yours too. It’s a ponytail holder. In the article I read researching this article I found out that this phrase is exclusive to New Iberia Louisiana. Just another notch in the belt of uniqueness for The Berry.


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