Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Al Bethard, of Lafayette, says mention of accents made him recall a story in the book by former state Rep. Ron Gomez, "My Name is Ron and I'm a Recovering Legislator."

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My favorite stories about accents and "home-town" pronunciations are the ones in which they tell a person far from home that someone else is there from the same part of the planet. For instance, this tale from Adam Graff, of Metairie: 

Monday, August 21, 2017
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Over the past year I've received many letters like this one. At the first anniversary of the Great Flood of 2016, it's appropriate to recall that, in hard times, folks can turn into heroes:  

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Basin Arts and Runaway Dish featured movement and a meal, all hosted by the Acadiana Center for the Arts. A dance performance linked with food paired choreographers Frances Barker, Clare Cook, Gina Hanchey, Paige Krause and Sharon Leahy with chefs…

Joe L. Herring, of Baton Rouge, former secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, tells a story about the entertainment value of certain accents:

Monday, August 14, 2017

On Thursday, we told of Annie, who on the morning of Oct. 20, 1976, just missed the Mississippi River ferry from Destrehan to Luling — then watched from the landing as the ferry, the George Prince, collided with a Norwegian tanker, the SS Frosta, …

Sunday, August 13, 2017

If it's August, it's time for my annual Fearless Football Forecast, in which I seek to prove that a fan who watches games from a La-Z-Boy (product placement alert!) can be just as wrong as someone who watches from a press box.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

“It is said that one can tell during a conversation that lasts not longer than a summer shower whether or not a man is cultivated,” explains a 1921 book of etiquette. Often it doesn’t take that long.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Dear Smiley: Listening to speech patterns and words, and trying to identify where the speakers are from, has been a favorite pastime of mine for many years.

Thursday, August 10, 2017
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Monday, August 07, 2017

I'm always amazed at how educational this column can be, thanks to my erudite contributors. We really should be offering college credit to those who read it.

Sunday, August 06, 2017
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Despite decades of progress and hit songs to the contrary, it is a truth universally acknowledged that any woman in possession of a job and her freedom must be in want of a husband. It’s "Pride and Prejudice" reversed, and with two centuries since…

Friday, August 04, 2017