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Puzzle of the DayWhat does it mean when someone from New Orleans says, “I’m making groceries”?
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The use of the term “make groceries” in New Orleans is a remnant from the French term “faire son marché,” which means “to do one’s market shopping.” The French word faire translates literally as “to make” or “to do.” This is historical linguistics at work, evidence that New Orleans was founded by the French.