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Cajun French words and phrases

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"a force que"
"by force, dint, power or intensity"
a force qu'il a mangé
because he ate so much
capoté
fell over
attrapé un point
caught a pain
la flùte
the champagne glass
la chanteuse
the female opera singer
s'a mouillé
it rained
j'souhaite
I hope or wish
déboulée
tumbled down
décacheter
to open secretly
miauler
to meow
très privée
very private
dégobillés
gobbled down (with plural noun)
les carencros
the carrion birds
la carcasse
the carcass
la charogne
the dead and putrid animal
les chevals, chevaux
the horses (Cajuns use both)
engager
to hire
dompter, adoucir
to tame (make sweeter)
la rosée
the dew
retifs
balky (with plural noun)
épais(e)
thick (mas., fem.)
au matin
at the morning
le linge
the clothes
la corde à linge
the clothes line
pendant la nuit
during the night
le pilleur
the looter
le pillard
the looter (mas.)
au blanc
in exposing
tremper, humecter
to dampen
mouiller
to rain
le constable
the constable, police
le jeun homme
the young man
à jeun (pas à jeun)
sober (not sober)
bambocher
to dissipate
sa veuve
his widow
voulait bâtir (3rd person present indicative)
wanted to build
une coverture
a roof
des merrains
the long wooden shingles
des bardeaux
some shingles
des gros boeufs
some big bulls (oxen)
pour haler
to pull, haul
les wagons (w is pronounced as w, not v)
the wagons
de grands prairies
of big prairies
les mulets
the mules
il est l'heure
it is time (the hour)
fermer, fremer
to close
vous-autres
you (Cajuns prefer to use at times yet single verb used with it.)
se dégoûter
to disgust oneself
cette charade
this small talk
la chatte
the feline