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Why do New Orleans people say 'where y’at?'

Why do New Orleans people say 'where y’at?'
You’d think that the origin of one of New Orleans’ most iconic turns of phrase would be well known. But you’d be mistaken.

This 1975 photo of Irish Channel resident Red Jack II, enjoying a Budweiser, was taken during that year's Irish Channel St.”  may have come to both the Atlantic Coast of Canada and the port of New Orleans with Irish immigrants.Patrick's Day parade.Nathalie Dajko, a Tulane University associate professor of linguistics, believes the phrase “Where y’ at?

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