If you live in New Orleans, people are going to come visit you (as they completely should!) -- whether you like it or not -- and you’re inevitably going to have to try and rectify their horrendous misconceptions. Helping you do that, here’s a primer on the things you’ll need to explain...
1. It’s pronounced “New OAR-linz”
Not “New Or-LEENZ” and certainly not “N’awlins.” No one says that. Ever. We don’t know where that came from, but it’s silly, and if you try it, people will laugh at you and/or look at you funny.
2. We do not use cardinal directions
Directions are thus: Uptown, Downtown, River, Lake. If you ask us if your hotel is “North of here,” we’ll have no idea what you’re talking about.
3. That grassy terrain between the two lanes of a boulevard is called the “neutral ground”
There’s some history behind that. A “median” has something to do with statistics, but we’re not exactly sure.