Satchmo  (Louis Armstrong) (Pops) New Orleans gift to the world.  One of the greatest trumpet players of all time The King of Jazz. An iconic Legend.  New Orleans ambassador to the world.

Louis Armstrong Music

Victor H. “Vic” Schiro     “Slick Vic”, Mayor of New Orleans in the 1960’s who famously said live on local radio during Hurricane Betsy, “Don’t believe any false rumors unless you hear them from me.”

Schwegmann’s – The place where New Orleanians “made groceries”.  The most popular supermarket in New Orleans.  You could drink a cold draft beer while you shop.  It a chili cheese dog, pay your utility bill, bank, buy a washing machine and even Saints tickets.  Good gawd it was great.

Schwegmann’s Bag – A bag from the now-defunct Schwegmann Brothers Giant Supermarket chain. Or in New Orleans any paper grocery bag like referring to a tissue as Kleenex. During election season the bag’s featured the political endorsements of the store’s owner political icon, John Schwegmann.

Al Scramuzza     New Orleans crayfish diety,  record producer and tv llegend.

Shoot-dah-shoot – A playground slide.

Show, Da show  – The cinema. The movie house. The local motion picture thee-ate-ah.

Silva-dime   – A small coin of U.S. currency, worth ten cents. Always pronounced : SIL-vah dime,

A skeet-hawk
A skeet-hawk

Sketta Hawk   – Or, “mosquito hawk”, the local name for a dragonfly.




Songs about New Orleans

Soss-idge   – A meat preparation, made of various kinds of ground meats, seafood and spices, stuffed into a casing. Usually spelled “sausage” by English speakers, but pronounced in New Orleans as you see here, always <SAH-sage> and not <SAW-sage>.


Special Man    Furniture sales legend for Frankie and Johnny’s Furniture on St. Claude Avenue.


Jim Taylor with the New Orleans Saints 1967
Jim Taylor with the New Orleans Saints 1967

Sports in New Orleans  At-leets, ball-playas, coaches and sports people dat from or wuz in New Orleans

Ashley Ambrose, NFL player, Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints,
Morten Andersen, kicker New Orleans Saints and more, NFL Hall of Fame
Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans
Delvin Breaux, football player, New Orleans Saints
Larry Brown, basketball player and Hall of Fame basketball coach, played for New Orleans Buccaneers ABA basketball team which went to the 1968 ABA Championship series.
Will Clark, former Major League Baseball star, infielder, Jesuit High graduate
Tazzie Colomb, IFBB professional female bodybuilder and powerlifter
Tom Dempsey, former NFL kicker, with the New Orleans Saints kicked the longest (goal in NFL held longest field goal record (63 yards) that held for 43 years
David Dixon, professional sports advocate for New Orleans Saints, Louisiana Superdome, Co-founder of USFL and World Championship Tennis
Marshall Faulk, football player, running back, Pro Football Hall of Fame
Steve Foley, former defensive back for Denver Broncos
Matt Forté, running back for Chicago BearsNew York Jets
John Fourcade, former NFL and CFL quarterback, sports analyst
Tookie Gilbert, Major League Baseball player
Rich “Tombstone” Jackson, NFL defensive end with the Denver Broncos, other teams
Ricky Jackson , New Orleans Saints  linebacker, NFL Hall of Fame member
Avery Johnson, former National Basketball Association player, former coach of Dallas Mavericks
Michael “The Beerman” Lewis, former New Orleans Saints wide receiver, Bonnabel High Graduate former Budweiser Beer Truck driver
Archie Manning, former New Orleans Saints quarterback, father of Peyton and Eli
Eli ManningNew York Giants quarterback
Peyton Manning, former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback
Pete Maravich, basketball Hall of Famer, played for LSU and NBA’s New Orleans Jazz
Mike Miley, LSU quarterback and major league baseball player
Tyrann Mathieu, player for NFL’s Arizona Cardinals
Max McGee, Tulane and NFL player on five Green Bay Packers  championship teams
Paul Morphy, world chess champion
Eddie Murray, prolific NFL placekicker
Mel OttMajor League Baseball Hall of Famer, Gretna native
Audrey Patterson, first African-American woman to win Olympic medal
Eddie Price, Tulane NFL running back with New York Giants
Willie Roaf, New Orleans Saints player, NFL Hall of Fame member
Neil Smith, former defensive end
”Rusty” Staub, Major League baseball all-star, Jesuit High graduate
Kordell Stewart, former NFL quarterback
Patrick Surtain, former NFL cornerback
Ron Swoboda, former New York Mets outfielder and New Orleans sportscaster
Jim Taylor, original New Orleans Saints player, longtime Green Bay Packer running back, LSU All-American, NFL Hall of Fame member.
Roosevelt Taylor, safety, 1963 NFL champion Chicago Bears
Steve Van Buren, Warren Easton High, LSU and Philadelphia Eagles running back, NFL Hall of Fame
Mike Wallace, wide receiver for Pittsburgh Steelers
Ron Washington, longtime manager of MLB’s Texas Rangers
Reggie Waynewide receiver for Indianapolis Colts
Aeneas Williams, former cornerback for St. Louis Rams
John “Hot Rod” Williams, longtime professional basketball player,

Stoop  – Usually expressed as “da stoop”. The front steps to your house, where you sit and chat with your neighbors.

Storyville  –  was the red-light district of  New Orleans, from 1897 to 1917. It was established by municipal ordinance under the New Orleans City Council, to regulate prostitution and drugs.



Streets of New Orleans  –       Make sure ya say da names rite!


New Orleans Streetcar Lines   The  St. Charles Avenue line is the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world. The cars with mahogany seats, brass fittings, and exposed ceiling light bulbs have rolled along the “neutral ground” of St. Charles and Carrollton Avenues for more than a century and a half, symbolizing the charm and romance of the City of New Orleans. The route forms a 13.2-mile crescent along St. Charles Ave. in the Central Business District,  through the oldest and most majestic section of uptown New Orleans, and around the Riverbend to the intersection of South Carrollton and Claiborne Avenues. Swaying along St. Charles Avenue through a tunnel of live oaks, the streetcar passes dozens of antebellum mansions, historic monuments, Loyola and Tulane universities, the sweeping grounds of the Audubon Zoological Gardens, shopping centers, fine restaurants, and hotels.  In addition to the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar Line, the Regional Transit Authority operates the River Front Streetcar Line, Canal Street Streetcar Line, and the Rampart Streetcar Line.  Please don’t call it a trolly.

Suck-dah-head, squeeze-dah-tip
How to eat crayfish
(Dat’s CRAW-FiSH not CRAY-FiSH



Mercedes-Benz Superdome  

The center of the New Orleans sports scene since 1975 and a heartbreaking symbol of the city’s destruction and rebirth after Hurricane Katrina.