5 Texan phrases I find myself usin’

I’ve lived in Texas for 11(!) years now, and it’s been a great experience. I knew in my heart, even as a little boy, that if I wasn’t living in my beloved Dayton, Ohio, I’d be in Texas. I even dated someone when I was in my mid-20s who told me I didn’t have what it took to move to Texas, which only made me want to do it more, naturally. Also, she was an asshat.

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This post has my stamp of approval.

Anyway, part of living in the South, the Midwest and Texas—which was literally its own country at one point and still feels that way—and surely other regions of the U.S. is the colloquialisms people use. In Ohio, my buddy and Capricorn brother, Matt, had some colorful language: “That dog’ll hunt” (that idea/thing will work), for example. And Texas is full of country euphemisms. Here’s five I’ve I’ve actually used in speech or writing:

Yankee A Texan friend once told me that he knew of someone who considered all of the U.S. north of Dallas—which would certainly include Ohio—as Yankee territory. Not Yankee as in the Yankees baseball team, but Yankee as in those who are northerners. I think this is my new favorite word. No, actually, my favorite word is still “free,” as in costs me nothing. My favorite two words together are “you’re right” when spoken to me.

Fixin’ to This gets used a lot. It just means “I am about to do something.” It’s so common in usage that I find myself typing it in messages to co-workers, as in “I’m fixin’ to send you a PDF,” or “I’m fixin’ to go to McDonald’s.”

Out where the buses don’t go I’ve heard this in radio, seen it in print and used it in conversation. It just means something is located in the middle of nowhere, so far out that there’s no bus service.

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Wolves play at Polar Zoo in the municipality of Bardu, Troms County, Norway. I want to snuggle with them. | Wikimedia photo

Darker than the inside of a wolf This is an incredible phrase, but one I’m also morally opposed to. Why? Wolves, my favorite animal, always get a bad rep in nursery rhymes and historically because they’re thought to be bad, evil animals. They’re not. They’re beautiful, smart creatures that are important to the environment, as the folks at Yellowstone Park found out. I love wolves so much that I even had a Minnesota Timberwolves jacket in middle school, and people would give me a hard time about it because they were such a random, poor-performing team.

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The logo on the left is what I sported on my winter jacket as a boy. The middle logo didn’t do much to dispel the myth that wolves are bad, but the logo on the right is really cool. For the record, I’m a Spurs fan.

Y’all I find it especially funny when people new to Texas say this as a way to fit in. And then I remember I was that guy once, y’all.

Midwestern sayings I enjoy: “You’re cruisin’ for a bruisin'” (acting up almost enough to be punished); “As the crow flies” (a straight line from point A to point B as opposed to how roads might get one to point B); “High-tailing it” (getting away from something as fast as possible).

What do folks say in your area?

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2 thoughts on “5 Texan phrases I find myself usin’”

  1. Very enjoyable post. I love expressions from anywhere, the more grotesque and pungent the better! My mother’s side is English so here is a few of my faves:
    DO ONE: get lost, push off.
    SOAP DODGER: unclean individual
    COFFIN DODGER: OAP, pensioner
    JOG ON: same as DO ONE
    BRASS NECK: without shame
    YER AWRIGHT: when someone asks you if you want something, a drink, food etc and you decline.
    A RIGHT BOBBY DAZZLER: someone who is very special indeed, in looks or dress
    UP THE SPOUT: preggers
    BILLY NO MATES: friendless
    LATERS: saying bye
    I am Canadian. So, there’s:
    Taste of the salmon: getting hit with a hockey stick, usually at hockey games haha
    two-four – case of beer
    eh: self explanatory
    double double – 2 cream 2 sugar
    Tim Horton’s (late hockey player) is a popular coffee shop here, we call it Timmy’s, or Timmy Ho’s.

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  2. I’ve never even heard of two of those before. This is interesting and a great list. I am trying to think of sayings from around where I live and I’ll come back and comment when can think of some.

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