Word of the Week…’Fais do-do’

Word of the Week…en Français!

fais do-do /fɛ/ /dō//dō/ (phrase)

In Canada, the equivalent of ‘beddy-bye’ or ‘sleepy-time’ in English: what is said to a small child when they are being put to bed. It is also the name of various lullabies.  However, in Louisiana, fais do-do takes on an additional meaning. While still literally meaning ‘go to sleep,’ it also refers to a Cajun dance party, a use originating in the early 20th century. Thus, the gentle command to sleep bears the promise of a night of dancing for ‘maman’! Sources: Louisiana Folklife and  Wikipedia.

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