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Talkin’ Like a Baton Rougean

January 31, 2012

By Kylie Cannon, Corps Member Proudly Serving at Broadmoor Middle School

If you’re going to serve in Baton Rouge, you’ve got to speak the language. And I’m talking about more than the casual “y’all” we all know and love. If the south is a world apart from the north, Louisiana is its own linguistic universe. So here it is, your own personal urban dictionary. Or at least a few choice words and phrases to get you acclimated.

Cuttin’ up: To act like a fool, mess around. During your service, you will tell your students to quit cuttin’ up on a near daily basis.

Use it: Go to the bathroom. When your students tell you they “Gotta use it,” what they really mean is, “May I please go to the restroom?”

Finna: Somehow, “fixing to” (meaning going to or planning to) evolved into “finna,” as in, “I’m finna do my work.”

Ratchet: A person who’s out of control and doesn’t care what they do or what people think of them.

Free Boosie: Lil Boosie is a popular rapper from Baton Rouge who is in jail after being indicted on First Degree Murder charges; the “Free Boosie” movement is trying to overturn this decision on grounds of insufficient evidence.

This is just a little taste, but come to Baton Rouge and you’ll be speaking like a local in no time!

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