i always like to hear originations of local names, how does cracker come into play?
ill share one too, alot of people consider Louisianaians "cajuns". The term stems back from when the acadians were run out from there homeland. They settled in undeveloped far out stretches of the swamp where they created there own niche'. gators, shrimp etc... over time with the different accents it evovled... Acadians, ah-cadiuns, ah-cajuns, and finally CAJUNS!! i always found that to be interesting. GEAUX TIGERS!!
another useless tidbit that many dont know (from my motorboat operator instructor days) is how port and starboard became such. I dont remmber dates or eras and if you want that nitty gritty LOOK IT UP lol. at some point in history as larger boats (instead of dugouts) came into play a system was needed to steer the boat. a board (more or less a fixed paddle) was afixxed to the right side of the boat and this is where the person steering the boat would sit. this board was called... a STARboard (no idea why). obviously, since it was fixed you did not want to come to port with that side of the boat and rick breaking your starboard, hence the left side was always used to PORT! Some of the details may be a little off, anyone who knows more specific feel free to correct me, but that is the basis of the nomenclature still in use today!