New Orleans Dialect: Lesson 3

Leslie Salinero

Leslie Salinero

Do you remember learning about homonyms in grade school? Just in case you forgot, homonyms are words that sound exactly alike but are spelled differently. For example, words like bear / bare, know / no, and heir / air are homonyms.

Well…..here are a few “unlikely” homonyms found only in New Orleans:

  • inverse / invoice (both pronounced like inverse)
  • zinc / sink (both pronounced like zinc)
  • Earl / oil (both pronounced like Earl)
  • verse / voice (both pronounced like verse)
  • whirl / world (both pronounced like whirl)

What other unusual homonyms do you know that are spoken only in New Orleans?

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