Origin of lagniappe
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Gramercy Cellars (Greg Harrington, winemaker) in Columbia Valley–-especially “Lagniappe” Syrah.Taste Off: Super Bowl State Wines From Colorado and Washington|Jordan Salcito|February 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We picked up one excellent word—a word worth traveling to New Orleans to get; a nice limber, expressive, handy word—'lagniappe.'Life On The Mississippi, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Whyn't you ax fur des one lagniappe o' sugar-plums, baby, bein's it's Christmas?
Lagniappe is a small gratuity which New Orleans children always expect and usually get with a purchase.
At least, I saw her buy a quartie's worth o' coffee and a quartie's worth o' sugar, an' then ask for lagniappe o' salt.
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Word Origin for lagniappe
Word Origin and History for lagniappe
"dividend, something extra," 1849, from New Orleans creole, of unknown origin though much speculated upon. Originally a bit of something given by New Orleans shopkeepers to customers. Said to be from American Spanish la ñapa "the gift." Klein says this is in turn from Quechua yapa "something added, gift."
We picked up one excellent word -- a word worth travelling to New Orleans to get; a nice, limber, expressive, handy word -- 'lagniappe.' They pronounce it lanny-yap. It is Spanish -- so they said. [Mark Twain, "Life on the Mississippi"]