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I was just reading a short story from my Vintage Ford, collection of short stories and excerpts from Richard Ford and there was a word that he used that was not part of my vocabulary. Maybe some of you have heard of the following word, but I have not.


Yat refers to a unique collection of dialects of English spoken in New Orleans, Louisiana. The term also refers to those people who speak with a Yat accent. The name comes from the common use amongst said people of the greeting, “Where y’at?” (Where you at?), which is a way of asking, “How are you?” The Yat dialect sounds similar to that of Brooklyn, New York, natives, with influences from Louisiana Creole French and Southern American English, particularly Older Southern American English. While the term Yat is usually reserved specifically for the strongest varieties of the New Orleans dialect within the city, the term often refers specifically to speakers of Yat, outside of the city proper, and around the rest of Louisiana.

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Well there you go, some random information for everyone to enjoy. Incidentallyt, the context of my coming across this word is in a short story by Richard Ford, titled “Calling”, in which a young man goes duck hunting in the New Orleans bayou with his father and along with them is a servant whom they refer to as a “yat”.

Written by thebeliever07

August 1, 2008 at 10:50 am

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  1. I can’t believe I’m not in your tags yet.


    August 2, 2008 at 12:37 am

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