I moved to Louisiana right after marrying my husband in the early part of 2006. My husband and I moved from the land of the seven cities in Virginia, more commonly known as the Hampton Roads area. Neither one of us knew just how good we had it there, until we moved away to the far off land that is Louisiana. Living in Louisiana is like living in another world; it’s unlike any other place I’ve ever lived, or visited. It’s another world down here. After nearly 8 years of living here, I’m quite accustomed to the ways of life and traditions. If you live in Louisiana, then I’m sure you’re familiar with most of this list. I hope you can laugh right along with me. Louisiana isn’t my favorite place, but it’s home, at least for now.

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30 things I’ve learned since living in Louisiana

  1. “Go” is spelled “Geaux”.
  2. For each Nutria tail you turn in, you can earn $5. There is a Nutria-tail bounty program. Don’t know what a Nutria rat is?? More here.
  3. There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 of them live in Louisiana.
  4. There are 10,000 types of spiders, and all 10,000 of them live in Louisiana.
  5.  If it grows, it’ll stick you. If it crawls, it will bite you.
  6. Counties are called Parishes.
  7.  It is not a shopping cart, it’s a buggy.
  8. “Jawl-P?” means, “Did you all go to the bathroom?”
  9.  People actually grow and eat okra.
  10. “Fixinto” is one word.
  11. There is no such thing as lunch. There is only breakfast, dinner, and then there is supper.
  12. Iced tea is appropriate for all meals, and you start drinking it when you’re two years old.
  13. Backwards and forwards means, “I know everythin’ ’bout you.”
  14. The word “jeet” is actually a phrase meaning, “Did you eat?”
  15. You don’t have to wear a watch, because it doesn’t matter what time it is, you work until you’re done or it’s too dark to see…
  16. You don’t PUSH buttons, you MASH ’em.
  17. You measure distance in minutes.
  18. You switch from heat to A/C in the same day.
  19. All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect, or animal.
  20. Easter is usually when you have your first crawfish boil of the year.
  21. Everyone has a cracked windshield.
  22. You only own five spices: salt, pepper, Tony Chachere’s, Tabasco , and ketchup.
  23. The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but require 6 pages for local gossip and LSU football…
  24. It’s perfectly normal to drive like a maniac.
  25. You find 100 degrees “a little warm.”
  26. You know all four seasons: Almost summer, Summer, Still Summer, and Christmas.
  27. Going to Walmart is a favorite past time known as “Goin’ Walmart” or “off to Wally World.”
  28. You describe the first cool snap (below 70 degrees) as good gumbo weather…
  29. Fried catfish is the other white meat.
  30. You don’t need to take Driver’s Ed. . . if our mama says you can drive, you can drive.

Have you ever been to Louisiana?

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Hey there, I’m Tiffany! I’m a work-at-home mom of two rambunctious children (Jasmine, 9 + Sean II, 5) and recently widowed at just 35 years old. I've remarried and currently live right outside of Baton Rouge in Denham Springs, Louisiana with two adoring cats and a dog. Let's connect on Twitter @fabulousmomblog.

14 Comments

  1. I’ve never been to Louisiana, but, a lot of the country things in this are similar to my southern Ohio living. The rat thing though… what???? Weird!!!

  2. Born and raised in Louisiana; and now raising a family in my same hometown 😀 While I’m not quite as bad as the entire list (I use ‘lunch’, not ‘dinner’), we certainly do have our own ways down here! Also, Louisiana has a totally different legal system: the Napoleonic Code.

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