I see the word everywhere and until last night – realized it isn’t a place to take the family to visit! D’OH! Dang I feel stupid. Good thing I didn’t load the kids up in the car to go there for a picnic! Answers.com had the best definitions!
laÂ·gniappe (lÄƒn’yÉ™p, lÄƒn-yÄƒp’) pronunciation
n. Chiefly Southern Louisiana & Mississippi.
1. A small gift presented by a storeowner to a customer with the customer’s purchase.
2. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. Also called boot. See Regional Note at beignet.
[Louisiana French, from American Spanish la Ã±apa, the gift : la, the (from Latin illa, feminine of ille, that, the) + Ã±apa (variant of yapa, gift, from Quechua, from yapay, to give more).]
REGIONAL NOTE Lagniappe derives from New World Spanish la Ã±apa, â€œthe gift,â€ and ultimately from Quechua yapay, â€œto give more.â€ The word came into the rich Creole dialect mixture of New Orleans and there acquired a French spelling. It is still used in the Gulf states, especially southern Louisiana, to denote a little bonus that a friendly shopkeeper might add to a purchase. By extension, it may mean â€œan extra or unexpected gift or benefit.â€