What’s a Lagniappe?

Pronounced “lanyap.” Lagniappe is a Southern word meaning a bonus gift given by merchants to their customers. According to Robert Hendrickson in Whistlin’ Dixie: A Dictionary of Southern Expressions, it derives from the American Indian word yapa which moved over to Spanish as la nappa, and then on into Southern. On this site, lagniappe are the little extras I’ve thrown in, hoping to amuse you.

To learn more about Toni, check out this interview by Tilda Harper (protagonist of the “Where are they now? series)
Tilda Harper Interviews Toni


Right Common Southern Phrases
Learn to Speak Southern
To Be Southern, Or Not to Be

Christmas Treats
“The Crime Before Christmas”
Criminal Christmas Carols
“Naughty or Nice”