lagniappe

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Etymology[edit]

From Cajun French, from Spanish la ñapa variant of yapa, from Quechua yapay.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: la‧gniappe
  • IPA(key): /ˈlænjæp/

Noun[edit]

lagniappe (plural lagniappes)

  1. (Louisiana, Mississippi, Trinidad and Tobago, uncommon) An extra or unexpected gift or benefit, such as that given to a customer when they purchase something else.
    • 1973, Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow:
      ‘Call it a little lagniappe, goodbuddy, that’s Duane Marvy’s way o’ doin’ thangs.’
    • 2011, Steven Johnstone, A History of Trust in Ancient Greece (ISBN 0226405095), page 23:
      The seller resorts to a common saying to justify his position, while the buyer had to counter this with some arch words of his own. How buyers and sellers negotiated over a lagniappe—an extra tidbit or bonus—reveals the precarious nature of trust in such relationships. Millett [] focuses on merchants extending credit, but offering a lagniappe could do the same thing, [] .

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