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… 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?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s