The following pages may contain unorthodox or informal material. Any words or opinions presented in this section are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Listen & Learn.

Who dat?, one of New Orleans's favorite slang terms!

<<< Back to Slang USA Cities Map
(interjection) A greeting between New Orleans Saints fans

It's another way to say “Who is that?”, but this slang is most commonly used as a greeting to other fans of the New Orleans Saints NFL football team. If you see someone wearing Saints gear you shout “Who dat?” and they will shout “Who dat?” back to you.

Fan #1: “Who dat?”

Fan #2: “Who dat?”

Fan #1: “I love your Brees jersey, man.”

Fan #2: “You have got to represent in ‘The Big Easy’!”

“Who dat?” comes from the famous football chant: "Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?" This is probably the most well-known New Orleans slang expression, especially by anyone who follows football. Historically, however, the phrase has been around in New Orleans since long before the NFL. “Who dat?” was a greeting in the poetry community and is what traveling minstrels would say to each other before performing on stage.

Here is the New Orleans Saints’ rally song:

More slang
from New Orleans
(locker) (Gumbo ya-ya) (throw) (alligator pear)
Quick enquiry
Mad thanks to
Michael Airhart
for the sick slang
Hit us up with some slang of your own, yo: