October 8, 1992
“Nip-‘n Tuck” is practically a household word in Union Parish, referring to the community east of Farmerville, Rocky Branch.
An old story concerning the settlement’s nick-name reveals that it was a slip of the tongue which tacked the odd name to it.
During the time after the Civil War, Union Parish was fighting to survive in an economy of few jobs and scarce food.
As the story goes, an old settler who had spent his life hunting and fishing instead of doing hard work ran out of food.
Approaching one of the more prosperous residents of his area to ask for food, he was told to “go back and put your family to work and then com back and I’ll give you some food.”
When the old settler wearily returned home and was asked how his visit went, he replied, “Well, it was nip ‘n tuck.”
The phrase stuck and remains used today.