19. We genuinely love to dance
Grannies dance. Kids dance. Dentists and plumbers and tax attorneys dance. When you go to see a show in NOLA, feel free to move and not just stand there like a terrified corpse.
20. There is a New Orleans accent... it’s just not what you think it is
Not all New Orleanians have a thick accent, and some natives might not have much of one at all. But the real New Orleans accent has been so mangled and misrepresented in various media (we’re looking your way, Kevin Costner in J.F.K.
), people are often unprepared for the weird, wonderful, Brooklyn-by-the-way-of-the-Mississippi-Delta way many of us actually speak. This is called the “yat” accent, as in “Where y’at?”, which is a common greeting here. It sounds like this
21. New Orleans is NOT the South
NOLA may be located geographically
in the southern part of the United States... but It’s essentially a banana republic within the rest of Louisiana. Or, as one local chef once put it, “a Northern annexation of Haiti.”
22. This town smells
Depending on where you are (or “where y’at,” rather) and what time of year it is, New Orleans might smell like horse manure, cigarettes, urine, dead fish, marijuana, vomit, diesel fumes, fried chicken, Confederate jasmine, old wood, coffee, Angel’s Trumpet flowers, mown grass, mossy trees, and sweet olive.
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