U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Louisiana > New Orleans
 [Register]
New Orleans New Orleans - Metairie - Kenner metro area
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 02-10-2013, 07:13 AM
 
Location: SE LA
54 posts, read 149,905 times
Reputation: 49

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by Snowball7 View Post
The Cajuns were imported Acadians.
The real proper pronunciation is the same as the
original name, derived from the royal house of Orleans.
La Nouvelle-Orléans was founded May 7, 1718.

it would be something like New "aw-lay-on" with emphasis
on the final syllable.
Cajuns have nothing to do with New Orleans.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 02-10-2013, 07:15 AM
 
Location: SE LA
54 posts, read 149,905 times
Reputation: 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dport7674 View Post
None of the NO natives that I worked with down there said it that way, I don't remember anyone saying it that way. They all said it as 'New Orlinz'.
Yes, a lot of people say it that way. But Or-lee-ahns/ahnz is the correct pronunciation. However, if everyone went around saying it like that nobody would be taken serious.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-25-2013, 08:55 AM
 
3 posts, read 6,277 times
Reputation: 16
Default Think of it in French

I'm native to the city. I pronounce it "New OR-le-an-s" the name being derived from the French name of the city "la nouvelle or-le'ans".

"New OR-leans" just urks me.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-30-2013, 02:26 PM
 
1 posts, read 1,291 times
Reputation: 10
N' auw linz, easy as Pi.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-30-2013, 03:33 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
14,144 posts, read 22,116,332 times
Reputation: 17208
"Nawwwww-LEEEEENNNNNZAH!!!"
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-30-2013, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
19,855 posts, read 64,872,435 times
Reputation: 19370
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gnutella View Post
"Nawwwww-LEEEEENNNNNZAH!!!"
Ewwww
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-27-2016, 11:32 AM
 
2 posts, read 2,209 times
Reputation: 17
I grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana. I am not Cajun, but had Cajun friends. Most people I knew in Lafayette pronounced it "LAFF ee et". A Lafayette radio station even stated that was the correct pronunciation, though they quickly backtracked on that and stated the other pronunciation (next sentence) was equally correct. I didn't start pronouncing it "LOFF ee et" until I moved to Texas and was "corrected" on the pronunciation.

In Lafayette, most people pronounced New Orleans with three syllables: "Nu OR luns". "NAW lins" was considered a humorous pronunciation. I lived in New Orleans briefly.

We generally pronounced Baton Rouge as "BAT in RUJ". Almost all aural pronunciations on the internet get that wrong, and don't even give it the correct French pronunciation. I had a great uncle that lived in Baton Rouge.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-27-2016, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
307 posts, read 238,440 times
Reputation: 1158
it's Nawlins - dawlin
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-28-2016, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
804 posts, read 848,362 times
Reputation: 1244
Nobody really knows .
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-23-2016, 03:03 PM
 
2,054 posts, read 3,238,537 times
Reputation: 3896
It's Nu AW lins. But if you're not from New Orleans, just say it as you would normally say it or it will come out hopelessly fake and phony. You know, touristy.

There's more than one pronunciation anyway, depending on what part of the city your accent is from. Listen to a video of Tennessee Williams saying it sometime. He says it in a way that I would never say it, but from him it sounds authentic. People are generally not hung up about this though. As long as your buying the drinks, you can call it anything you want. Just call it 'frisco.

Only phonies pronounce it as Nawlins. Mostly Yankee phonies.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Louisiana > New Orleans

All times are GMT -6.

¬© 2005-2023, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top