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Sunday, September 03, 2017

Definitions for fais-dodo

  1. Louisiana. a country dance party.

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Citations for fais-dodo
Worse comes to worst, we'll have the wedding, then we'll have our party later. We'll have us a real fais do-do, after the honeymoon. Nora Roberts, Midnight Bayou, 2001
For sixteen years, they fished, planted rice, and held fais do-do dancing parties in homes with covered verandas. Elizabeth Kolbert, "Watermark: Can southern Louisiana be saved?" The New Yorker, February 27, 2006
Origin of fais-dodo
Fais-dodo comes to English from Louisiana French from the French expression “go to sleep!” Fais is the 2nd person singular of faire “to do, make,” and dodo is a nursery word for “sleep.” Dodo is probably based on dodeliner “to nod,” influenced by dormir “to sleep.”