Claude Livingston. Louisiana. Twitter: Cajun_Swank

  1. You pronounce Lafayette as “Laffy-ette” not “La-fy-ette”
  2. You learned to drive a boat before you could drive a car
  3. You offer somebody a “coke” and then ask them what kind: Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, Pepsi, 7Up?
  4. You can name all of your 3rd cousins
  5. You plan your wedding around hunting season & LSU football
  6. Every so often, you have waterfront property.
  7. When giving directions you use words like “uptown”, “downtown”,”backatown”, riverside”, “lakeside! “, “northshore”, “westbank”, “down the bayou” or “cross the river”
  8. When you refer to a geographical location “way up North,” you are referring to places like Shreveport, Little Rock or Memphis.
  9. Your burial plot is six feet over rather than six feet under.
  10. You’ve ever had Community Coffee.
  11. You can pronounce Tchoupitoulas, Thibodaux, Opelousas, Pontchartrain, Ouachita, Atchafalaya,
  12. The smell of a crawfish boil turns you on more than HBO.
  13. You don’t learn until high school that Mardi Gras is not a national holiday.
  14. You don’t realize until high school what a “county” is.
  15. You believe that purple, green and gold look good together
  16. Your last name isn’t pronounced the way it’s spelled.
  17. You have a ditch on at least one side of your property
  18. You can list all the ingredients of a gumbo or a jambalaya.
  19. If you pull for the Saints
  20. You can’t think of anybody that can cook better than your momma
  21. You know when it’s appropriate to use “Tony Chachere’s”
  22. You measure distance in minutes.
  23. All the festivals across the state are named after fruits, vegetables, insects, grain or animals.
  24. You know what “Cow Tipping” is
  25. Your grandparents are called “Mam-Maw” and “Paw-Paw.”
  26. You cringe every time you hear an actor with a Southern or Cajun accent in a “New Orleans-based” movie or TV show.
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