Louisiana is definitely a state where we do things differently than other places in the country. Our food is spicier, our tea is sweeter, and our winters are hotter. Our vocabulary and pronunciation are, without a doubt, not an exception to our unique habits. If you’re coming to LSU from out of state, this guide will surely help you learn how to pronounce a few new words, and hopefully leave you feeling a bit more like a local.
A bayou is a marshy waterway off of a river or lake. The LSU Tigers are often referred to as the Bayou Bengals, because of the number of bayous in Louisiana.
A beignet is a square of fried dough that is sprinkled with powdered sugar. It is similar to a donut, but even tastier!
Boudin is a form of Cajun, spicy sausage. Boudin balls, also popular, are a fried version.
Crawfish (not cray-fish or craw-dads)
Crawfish are the lobsters of the south. Crawfish boils are a Louisiana springtime tradition, but make sure to leave your white pants at home! Crawfish boils can get very messy, especially for first-timers.
Dalrymple Drive (dal-rimple)
Named after William Dalrymple, the father of Veterinary Medicine, Dalrymple Drive is a main entryway to LSU’s campus.
With roots in Cajun French, the “eaux” ending often replaces a long “o” sound. You’ll hear LSU fans screaming Geaux Tigers on any given Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.
E.J. Ourso College of Business (ew-so)
This is the name of the Business College here at LSU.
Fleur de lis (floor duh lee)
The fleur de lis is a symbol of Louisiana, and the logo for the New Orleans Saints.
Paul M. Hebert Law Center (a-bear)
Paul M. Hebert is the name of the law school on LSU’s campus.
Jambalaya is a spicy Cajun dish made of rice, chicken, and vegetables.
Lagniappe means a little something extra. It is a mix of Southern hospitality and Cajun charm.
Mardi Gras (mahr-dee grah)
Also known as Fat Tuesday, this is the day before Lent. It is one of the best times in Louisiana, complete with parades, celebration, and king cake.
Pralines (praw-leens, not pray-leens)
Pralines are a smooth, sweet substance make up of brown sugar and pecans.
Sno-ball (not snow cone)
Sno-balls are cups of fluffy shaved ice topped with sweet-flavored syrup.
Tureaud Hall (ta-row)
Tureaud Hall is named after A.P. Tureaud, the first African American male to attend class as an undergraduate at LSU. The building is mostly comprised of classrooms, and it is on the south side of the quad, near the Dairy Store.
Did you learn a couple of new words from this post? Do you think we missed a couple? If you’re already a student at LSU, what were some of the words that were new to you when you first came to LSU? Comment below and let us know!