“Creole” is a famously complex word whose meaning varies along the lines of time, place, context, and audience. It derives from criollo, a variation of the Spanish verb criar, meaning to raise, or bring up. The term originally referred to the New World-born offspring of Old World-born parents.. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered 8-10 minutes or until sauce thickens. Stir in the shrimp and cook 1-2 minutes or until just firm. Add hot sauce, salt and black pepper to taste. Remove bay leaf, sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately with hot, cooked rice and lemon wedges. Rooted primarily in French, Spanish, African and Native American ancestries, with a bit of West Indian and Caribbean thrown in, Louisiana Creoles are a uniquely American multi-ethnic group. The meaning of the word Creole is hotly debated amongst scholars, linguists and even Creoles themselves.