I walked into a work meeting and someone asked me "Chela, do you know what /pa do/ means?" I said no, and he couldn't believe that no one had heard his expression. Apparently no one was as Cajun as him in the room.
Having studied French, and growing up in Louisiana, I've had surprisingly little contact with Cajun French--practically none at all--only a very few expressions here and there that get eventually assimilated into the New Orleans dialect.
But this one, he said implies "white Cajun trash" but I have NO idea what words he was actually saying. I asked him and he didn't know where it came from, either.
French is the WORST language for figuring things out phoenetically because /pa do/ could be:
- pas d'eau
- pas do
- pas don
- pas deux (if he really meant/if it came from /pa dœ/)
- pas de
- pas d'eux
- anything else the silly Cajuns just made up...
Does anyone have a clue??