Acadian Words

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Acadians from each region in the world have accents unique to that region. In French, this is known as “patois”, and it is often said that these accents can distinguish the area of France from which people originate.

For example, the common word, “oui” translates to “yes” and is pronounced “we” in English. However, Acadians in some areas say oué, (English pronunciation “way”). In other areas, you will hear ouà, (English pronunciation “wa”). And still other areas, Acadians will pronounce the same word “ouaille” (English pronunciation “why”).

Not only do Acadians pronounce some words differently, depending upon the region, but they also use words unique to their culture. An excellent source of these unique Acadian words can be found in the book by Yves Cormier, “Dictionnaire du français acadien”, published by Edition Fides.

Examples of Acadian Words

Bénaise: happy or glad

Bouchûre: fence

Calotte: cap or hat

Chavirer: to turn upside down or to knock something over 

Claper: to clap or applaud

Embourrer: to wrap

Galette: cookie or tea biscuit 

Garrocher: to throw

Grouiller: to move or to stir

Guetter: to wait

Hardes: article of clothing

Itou: too or also

Septante: seventy