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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Definitions for lagniappe

  1. Chiefly Southern Louisiana and Southeast Texas. a small gift given with a purchase to a customer, by way of compliment or for good measure; bonus.
  2. a gratuity or tip.
  3. an unexpected or indirect benefit.

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Citations for lagniappe
We picked up one excellent word—a word worth traveling to New Orleans to get; a nice limber, expressive, handy word—'lagniappe.' Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, 1883
"Lagniappe!" I screamed the word. The old Creole word they used in New Orleans when they want a little extra; a bonus of croissants, a few additional carrots dumped into the shopping bag, a baker's dozen, a larger portion of clams or crabs or shrimp. Harlan Ellison, "On the Downhill Side," Deathbird Stories, 1975
Origin of lagniappe
Lagniappe, also spelled lagnappe, is an Americanism that entered English in the mid-19th century. It is thought to be a variant of the Spanish term la napa, which can be traced to the Quecha word yapa.