Battle of New Orleans   – was fought between December 14, 1814, and January 18, 1815, constituting the last major battle of the War of 1812.  American forces commanded by Major General Andrew Jackson, prevented a much larger British force, commanded by Admiral Alexander Cochrane and General Edward Pakenham, from seizing New Orleans and the vast territory the United States had acquired with the Louisiana Purchase. The Treaty of Ghent had been signed on December 24, 1814 (but was not ratified by the US Government until February 1815), and fighting continued without the involved parties knowing about the Treaty, until January 18 by which time all of the British forces had retreated, finally putting an end to the Battle of New Orleans.

Backatown –   section of New Orleans from the River to North Claiborne.

Guy Bannister –  FBI agent, an Assistant Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department, and private investigator who New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison made allegations that he had been involved in the JFK assassination.

Danny Barker, musician.  American jazz musician, vocalist, and author from New Orleans. He was a rhythm guitarist for various bands of the day, including Cab Calloway, Lucky Millinder and Benny Carter throughout the 1930s.

Danny Barker Books and Music

Barq’s –   Is it root beer?  New Orleans originated sarsaparilla based soft drink.  Now brewed and marketed nationally by Coca-Cola. it is New Orleans quintessential accompaniment to any Po-Boy.

Bat’room –   Bathroom.

Beauregard-Keyes House and Gardens – 1113 Chartres St., 523-7257 – Mansion home to Confederate General P.T. Beauregard and later, novelist Francis Parkinson Keyes was built in 1827. Open 10-3 daily. (M-4)

Benny Grunch (Benjamin Antin)  Musician, Noo Aw-lins Cult-cha expert and storyteller.  Most famous for his 12 Yats of Christmas and Ain’t dere No More.

Benny Grunch Music

Berl –  Boil.  As in Crab Boil.

 Betsy   (Hurricane Betsy)  struck the  New Orleans area September 9, 1965 as a Category 3 storm.   Levee breaches flooded parts of Gentilly, the Upper Ninth Ward, and the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans as well as Arabi and Chalmette .   Until Katrina it was “Da Stawm”

Bid-ness  –   Business.  He’s a bid-ness man.

Bienville   (Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville).  Explorer considered to be the founder of New Orleans.   In 1717 that he had discovered a crescent bend in the Mississippi River which he felt was safe from tidal surges and hurricanes (the first dry spot he could find, later known as the French Quarter) and proposed that the new capital of the colony be built there. Bienville founded New Orleans on May 7, 1718.  Bienville Books

Mr. Bingle – Snowman puppet created by Maison Blanche in an advertising campaign to promote kiddy toys.  New Orleans Christmas icon for baby boomers looking to catch the latest toys to add to Santa’s list.

Binhavin, Been-Havin  – To have had something for a long time.

Binlookin, Been Lookin   – To have searched for something for a long time.

Bluerunner – Quick fix of red beans in a can. Add sausage, ham bacon or whatever.  Heat and serve over rice.



Bobo –   A small injury or wound.

Boo –   A term of endearment, usually for small children.

Bra –   A form of address for men, usually one with whom you are not acquainted. Abbreviation for “brother.” Not a brassiere.

Brake Tag   – An inspection sticker on your car, proof that you’ve passed the required annual safety inspection. Throughout the New Orleans area, the inspection sticker is called a “brake tag”.


Breweries  – At one time New Orleans had over 30 beer breweries.  Until the early 70’s Jax, Falstaff, Regal, and others were staples of New Orleans.  Dixie the “King” of New Orleans beers was brewed at the company’s Tulane Avenue until Katrina struck in 2005.  It’s making a comeback and back on the shelves with a new brewery planned in New Orleans.


Brownie – A heck of a job by the federal government during Katrina.  Inspired by George W. Bush’s comments to FEMA head Michael Brown who despite the lethargic response by the agency, Bush told Brown, “you’re doing a heck of a job Brownie”.

Buddy D  ( Bernard “Buddy” Diliberto)- World famous Yat icon.  Noted Sportswriter (Times-Picayune, Clarion Herald) and TV and Radio Sportscaster.  Famous for creating the tradition of wearing a bag on one’s head in protest of one’s teams pitiful performance (see 1980 New Orleans Saints).  The successor to Hap Glaudi as host of the Point (Pernt) After sports radio show on WWL-am.  Buddy died in early 2005 (Thank gawd before Katrina) never to fulfill his dream of wearing a dress if the Saints won a Superbowl.  A New Orleans legend.

Bunny Matthews –  New Orleans cartoonist and expert in cultcha best known for icons ” Vic and Nat’ly,  Nint Wawd residents and the most famous couple in New Orleans.

By My House – To go to your house

James Booker, musician.   New Orleans rhythm and blues keyboardist born who’s unique style combined rhythm and blues with jazz standards. Flamboyant in personality, he was known as “the Black Liberace” and The Bayou Maharaja”

James Booker Music

Buddy Bolden, musician, early jazz figure.  Bolden was a  cornetist who was regarded by contemporaries as a key figure in the development of a New Orleans style of rag-time music, or “jass”, which later came to be known as jazz.  Buddy BoldenBooks


Drew Brees, football player, New Orleans Saints.  A god in New Orleans.  “Breesez”, the savior of Saints football.  Came to the city in the ruins of Katrina in 2006 and quarterbacked the Saints to the NFC Championship game in 2006 and to the promised land of the Super Bowl Championship in 2010.  Still going strong approaching 40.

Drew Brees Books and More

Business and Economics 

Isaac Delgado, businessman and philanthropist, benefactor of Delgado Community College
Constant C. Dejoie Sr., African-American business leader
William Edenborn, industrialist and inventor, owner of Louisiana Railway and Navigation Company, which linked Shreveport with New Orleans
Ruth Fertel, Louisiana Businesswoman, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, books
 Avram Glazer, businessman and sports franchise owner
Daniel Henry Holmes, 19th century,  businessman D.H. Holmes Department Stores
John McDonogh (1779–1850), shipping, land speculation (world’s largest private landholder ca. 1850), philanthropist and namesake of many New Orleans schools, books
Alexander Milne, 18th-century businessman and entrepreneur
T. J. Moran, businessman, restaurateur, and philanthropist
Oliver Pollock, merchant, financier of the American Revolutionary War
Benjamin M. Rosen, computer entrepreneur
Louis J. Roussel Jr., businessman and political kingmaker
Clay Shaw, a businessman, prosecuted by Jim Garrison for conspiring to assassinate JFK,  books,
Edgar B. Stern Sr, businessperson and philanthropist
Frederick W. Tilton, businessman and philanthropist
Judah Touro, businessman and philanthropist
Martin de Villamil , businessman
David Voelker, businessman and philanthropis
 Samuel Zemurray, businessman and philanthropist, books.

New Orleans Buildings and Architecture   Shotguns, camelbacks, Creole cottages, mansions on St. Charles Avenue,  the balconies of the French Quarter, ranches on slabs and doubles we got it all.  Even our cemetairies have great architecture.