A term for cajun
, generally regarded as pejorative
Typically, it reflects the stereotype of cajuns: people who live in
the swamp, speaking in some hybrid dialect of French and
English, and are somewhat ignorant. They may be perceived as
spending their time wrestling gators and eating hot
food. Though the culture is rich with such elements, it is a
caricature that only scratches the surface.
It is embraced by some, more like "redneck," "hillbilly,"or
"yankee" than an ethnic slur. Some are even proud to claim to be
"Coon Asses." To that end, "Coon Ass" is to "Cajun" was "nerd" is to
"geek" in the geek vs. nerd
debate. It is one of those cases where one would describe themselves
that way, or be described by another self-described coon ass, rather
than by an outsider.