Parish  – A Louisiana state administrative district, analogous to the American “county”. When used by locals in the phrase “da parish”, it generally means St. Bernard Parish specifically, which is suburban to New Orleans.

Pawk  – PARK New Orleans most famous City Pawk and Audobon Pawk

Parraine  – Pronounced <PAH-ran>. Your godfather.

Pass by  – To stop at a place, for a visit a place. “I’ma pass by ya house later.”

Passion mark  – The little red mark you get on your neck (or elsewhere) after a passionate session of necking. Known as  “hickey” or a “love bite” everywhere else.  Pronounced <PASH’n mawk>,

Pecan  (Pa-kawn)- A nut indigenous to the South, and beloved in New Orleans as an ingredient in pies and pralines. Pronounced <pa-kawn>, not <PEE-can>.  Someone who is considered crazy in New Orleans is called a “gone pecan”.

Po-boy  – The quintessential New Orleans lunch, a sandwich on  New Orleans French bread. It ain’t a sub, a hero or hoagie.



Pe-lay  – To strike someone usually with a thrown object.

Podna  – A form of address for men, usually for ones with whom one is not acquainted. Frequently used in the emphatic statement, “I tell you what, podna.

Politicians, Lawyers and Soldiers

Reverend Avery Alexander, civil rights leader, state legislator
John B. Babcock, Medal of Honor recipient
P.G.T. Beauregard, Confederate general,  politician and inventor
Judah P. Benjamin, U.S.Senator, Confederate Attorney General, Secretary of War and Secretary of State
Hale Boggs, former U.S. Representative
Lindy Boggs, former U.S. Representative and retired U.S. Ambassador to The Vatican
Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., lawyer/lobbyist in Washington, D.C,
Juan Davis Bradburn, freedom fighter for Mexico, officer in the Battle of New Orleans
Benjamin F. Butler, administrator of Union-occupied New Orleans during the Civil War
James Carville, political consultant, political science professor
Jean Noel Destréhan, early Creole politician and plantation owner
David Duke, state representative for Metairie from 1989 to 1992; White nationalist
C.B. Forgotston, attorney, political activist, state government watchdog
Gerald J. Gallinghouse, U.S. Attorney known for prosecuting corruption in government
Jim Garrison, books, Orleans Parish D.A., Judge,prosecuted Clay Shaw for conspiring to kill JFK,
Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Tulane graduate
F. Edward Hebert, U.S. Representative for LA 1st congressional district, 1941 to 1977
David Hennessy, police chief, assassinated in 1890
Mary Landrieu, state representative, state treasurer, U.S. senator
Mitch Landrieu, state representative, lieutenant governor, mayor of New Orleans
Moon Landrieu, judge and politician, mayor of New Orleans
Hank Lauricella, College football Hall of Fame; state senator from Jefferson Parish
Bob Livingston,  U.S. Representative for 1st congressional district
Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, a Confederate general
Ernest N. Morial, Politician, first black mayor of New Orleans, civil rights leader
Marc Morial, former mayor, son of Ernest N. Morial, Head of The Urban League
deLesseps S. “Chep” Morrison, former New Orleans mayor, ambassador to the Organization of American States
William Mumford, Confederate resistor in Union-occupied New Orleans during the Civil War
Michael H. O’Keefe, president of the Louisiana State Senate 1976-1983; convicted felon
Alejandro O’Reilly, governor of Louisiana, known as “Bloody O’Reilly”
Leander Perez, Segregationist district judge, district attorney, and president, Plaquemines Parish
P.B.S. Pinchback, politician, Louisiana Governor, first black governor of a state
Edward Ripoll, state representative for District 103, 1984–1988; owner of Bud Rip’s Bar
Cokie Roberts, journalist, daughter of Hale and Lindy Boggs
Pat ScreenLSU quarterback, lawyer, and former Mayor of Baton Rouge
Dorothy Mae Taylor, first black woman to serve in the Louisiana House, New Orleans City Council
A. (Addison) Roswell Thompson, Segregationist candidate for mayor of New Orleans and governor of Louisiana between 1954 and 1975
Ben C. Toledano, Candidatefor mayor of New Orleans  and U.S. Senate in the 1970’s, lawyer and author
A.P. Tureaud, attorney
Jorge Ubico, president of Guatemala, exiled to New Orleans
José de Villamil (or José Villamil), New Orleans native, father of the independence of Ecuador
David Vitter, U.S. Senator, 2005 to 2017
John Volz, late U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Chatham Roberdeau Wheat, leader of the Louisiana Tigers during the US Civil War
Edward Douglass WhiteChief Justice of the United States Supreme Court
John Minor Wisdom, judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Andrew Young, New Orleans native, civil right leader, United Nations Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta.

Ponchartrain Beach –  New Orleans amusement park located in Gentilly on Lake Ponchartrain from  1928-1983.

Praline  – A sugary Creole candy, invented in New Orleans made with sugar, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and pecans, and is a flat sugary pecan-filled disk. Pronounced PRAWL-EEN Not  <PRAY-leen>

Louis Prima,   New Orleans born and raised,  “The King of the Swing” was  a singer, actor, songwriter, bandleader, and trumpeter.   He was rooted in New Orleans jazzswing music.    He helped to popularize jump blues in the late 1940s and early to mid 1950s, and performed as a Vegas lounge act in the late 1950s and 1960s.