In some parts of America, the slang some people use is different. For instance, in New York, they might call their city “New Yoik”.
“Geaux” might confuse many Americans who have never been to Louisiana, you will hear it often. In this article, I would like to explain to you what “Geaux” means, why it exists, and provide a few examples.
What does “Geaux” mean?
Lousisana slang for “go” is “Geaux”, meaning “Go” spelled with a French accent. The Cajun community moved to Louisiana from the province of Canada in 1755, introducing French into the slang.
Why does Louisiana say “Geaux” instead of “Go”?
It might seem strange to many of us that Louisiana sometimes says “Go” with a French accent. Perhaps this is in line with Scotland using Italian in their dialect. However, there is a reason for the madness.
The Cajuns are an ethnic group who originally come from France. Nevertheless, for reasons we will discuss later, many of them picked up and moved to America, most commonly to Louisiana.
Many of them speak English, but they retain a significant amount of their culture by using English accents when pronouncing some words.
How to pronounce “Geaux”
Although you might be able to guess how “Geaux” is pronounced just by looking at it, let me tell you, it is not pronounced how it is spelt according to English rules.
“Geaux” is pronounced “Geur”. Think of it like saying “Go” with a French accent.
It is common knowledge in French that words ending in X usually don’t contain the final letter.
It is clear that the Cajuns are honoring their French heritage by spelling this word as “Geaux”.
Why does French have strange rules?
It begs the question, “What makes them do it?”. If you learnt French in school, you have probably been taught the rules, but have you been taught why they do it? There are two theories available.
First, it was normally spelled. However, as the language changed, people found it easier to just drop the last letter of the word. Remember that spellings are from when language was standardised, and therefore do not reflect how it is pronounced today.
Economies of scale tend to favour “ethnographic spelling”. For example, the French word “peace”, “Paix”, is derived from the Latin “Pax”.
Origin of the term “Geaux” and Cajun people
French settlers referred to the area where they settled as “Accadia”. Based on that name, the Cajun people resided in Canada for thousands of years.
The Cajun people were asked to swear allegiance to British rule in 1755 when Canada was taken over by the British Empire. Since they chose not to, Britain exiled them.
Louisiana, recently free of British rule and eager for them to welcome them after they had been expelled from their home country, welcomed them.
People today most likely envision the Chicken when they think of Cajun food.
“Geaux” is an example of an Ethnologue
The combination of two languages is often called an “ethnologue” and there may be many reasons for this.
Some tourists say them when trying to learn a new language, but struggle. When they don’t know a word in their host country’s language, they will substitute it for a word in their home language.
It can be said by immigrants as well, who understand their new language and still want to hold on to their culture and heritage.
For example, “Wagwan”, slang for “What’s going on” in British-Caribbean, is an Ethnologue phrase.
When will you hear “Geaux”?
It is most commonly heard at sports events when the fans yell, “Geaux Team Geaux”. This serves as a sign of solidarity and to show everyone has come along to support the team.
It is likely that many of the fans and even players will be Cajun, so saying “Geaux” instead of “Go” will emphasize the sense of togetherness that sports often generate.
Examples of “Geaux” in sentences
Sports News: Kabby’s Sells Drinks to Geaux’ During Mardi Gras The streets of New Orleans come alive with the eccentricity of its citizens on any given day”.
Let us assume for a moment that the Germans wouldn’t mind 100 000 Frenchmen screaming, “The French are the best!” “
“Terry Neal is pointing at the school and attentively reminding riding to the jetties on the “Geaux Deep. “
The South cannot be taken for granted. People who don’t live here don’t realize the importance of football to us.
“Fold in green onions and parsley before serving. Serve with hot white rice and very cold beer!Geaux Tigers Always! “
The same person who believes carmine is a proper shade of red to wear to Ole Miss football games might as well bring a cowbell to the game or have “Geaux Tigers” tattooed on his left bicep. “
She wandered through the gallery with her feet following her mind, barely noticing the wacky, humorous, and ridiculous pieces exhibited in the Stahp/Geaux Gallery.
“The New Orleans Saints will remain a force in the NFC division. Geaux Saints!”
Go up to any tailgaters and say ‘Geaux Tigers,’ you’re likely to find a burger, a beer, and the friends you’ve been looking for.
It seems a bit strange to call a verb either “geaux” or “go”. A French word, this is known as a verb in English, but it is spelled and spoken in a pronounced French manner like an English word, but uses French spelling conventions.
This is either a combination of English and French or simply “Geaux” used by the Cajun people of Louisiana (an English speaking region of the world) but who have their origins in France. Thus, Cajuns will still shout “Geaux” during a sporting event.