This alleged etymology is well-known and is still cited on occasion as authoritative.It appears to have been thought up in the early 1970s by the late cultural activist, politician, and attorney James "Jimmy" Domengeaux (1907-1988). I was therefore surprised to learn that it was merely one man's hypothesis.As head of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL), Domengeaux railed against the term's use, including its use by then-Governor Edwin W. (Someone who had not taken Domengeaux’s etymology at face value was Cajun scholar Barry Jean Ancelet of the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. military invented the Nike-Cajun in the 1950s as a sounding rocket for testing the atmosphere.
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He said the term "coonass" is never appropriate to use.
We can make jokes and pick on Louisiana and it's fun and all that, but it's a hell of a lot different bringing a kid over from Louisiana than a child who's just made a treacherous journey," said Bonnen initially, according to a video from Progress Texas, a left-leaning organization.
I guess when I was growing up, I heard this term bandied about for "people a lot like us, except on the other side of the river, who for some curious reason wear their football colors to church." I never, or rarely, heard it used like an epithet. He is from Arkansas but I believe he picked it up while working on a drilling platform in the gulf.
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A few seconds later, Bonnen -- who is a member of the Texas House political leadership -- went on to say: "There's a significant difference.
It's insulting to be called that by someone from out of state." State Rep.
Middle/upper-class Cajuns would not like the term whereas a lower-class Cajun (on the economic scale) wouldn't care.