THE PROBLEM WITH CAJUN DIALECT HUMOR

Boudreaux was sitting in the City Bar in

Maurice, La. one Saturday night, and had

a few lagers added to his repertoire. Sooner or later,
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he took a gander at the person sitting close to him, and

asked him, “Hello, you wanna hear a decent

Aggie joke, you?”

The large person answered, “You will scarcely believe

something. I’m an oilfield roughneck, I

weigh 270 pounds, and I don’t care for Cajuns.

My amigo here is a master football player,

weighs 300 pounds, and he doesn’t care for

Cajuns either. His companion on his opposite side, is

an expert grappler, weighs 320 pounds,

continuously has a chip on his shoulder, and he

likes Cajuns even short of what we do, and we

are all Aggies. Would you truly like to let us know

an Aggie joke?”

Boudreaux, every one of the 150 pounds of Cajun disposition,

let him know, “Well, I surmise not. After everything I don’t

need to need to clarify it three times!”1

In March 1988, the main International Cajun Joke Telling Contest was held in

Opelousas, Louisiana. The coordinators, the Opelousas Tourism and Activities Committee,

didn’t educate the crowd regarding exactly how earth shattering an event this would have been.

The crowd, unconsciously, had been welcome to observe a famous marking of a

Announcement of War. Taking a position in what had been a progressing fight inside the

culture, the coordinators officially pronounced that “specific sorts of Cajun humor were most certainly not

thought about clever, not thought about interesting or adequate to nice individuals, and would not

be endured at this capacity.” If those first hopefuls needed to win, they needed to utilize

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Smiley Anders Column, The Advocate [Baton Rouge, LA] January 27, 1998

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humor that was spotless, in acceptable taste, and embodying the Cajuns as “upbeat, open,

goodhearted” individuals (Angers Truth 82-83).

That night set apart, in an unmistakable and positive design, the division between the “old”

brand of Cajun lingo humor and the “new” brand of Cajun tongue humor. Since the

“old” had really existed close by the “new” for a long time, the revelation that

night was more “a colloquialism of kin rivalry instead of legacy” (Anderson

187). Nobody questioned that, even without summoning their names, the “Opelousas

Proclamation”2

was explicitly focusing on outcast Justin Wilson, the main defender

of the “old” brand of humor, and insider Bud Fletcher, whose humor may be thought of

more for develop crowds and here and there in faulty taste.

Wilson had for some time been the subject of much warmed discussion and a couple of proportions of

disgust3

inside the Cajun people group. It was felt by numerous that he had taken the “old”

style of humor over the top. His Cajun characters “relied generally on an overstated

Cajun emphasize, a senseless looking ensemble or a punchline that put down the Cajun public”

(Enrages Truth 83). As the Cajuns were amidst recovering their legacy and their

culture, Wilson was being notified that his image

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