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View Poll Results: Which 'Texanisms" Are Part of Your Regular Use?
"Coke" for soft-drink 29 69.05%
"Y'all" for second-person plural pronoun 38 90.48%
"Yonder" 10 23.81%
Double-Modals (i.e. "might-could", "shouldn't oughta", etc) 10 23.81%
Emphasis on first syllable to make two syllables (i.e. "IN-surance", "IN-velope", etc) 10 23.81%
Rolling R's (i.e. "warsh" for "wash",etc). 3 7.14%
"Doodlebug" for "Roly-Poly" 13 30.95%
"Cotton-Pickin Hands" (as in mild, friendly critique of manners) 4 9.52%
Tex-izz as opposed to Tex-iss, when pronouncing our state 10 23.81%
Others (please list!). 7 16.67%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 42. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-04-2012, 02:20 PM
 
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Interesting poll, TR.....!

Coke
Y'all
Occasionally "yonder".
Doodlebug is for ant lion, never for pill/buckle bug.

None of the rest!
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Old 11-04-2012, 02:30 PM
 
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LOL Guilty of them all except the Tex-izz.

Can't believe you left out one of the most common saying of Texans . . . fixin' too.

So, if you'll excuse me now, all this polling has left me thirsty. I'm fixin' to go head down yonder to the store and get me a Coke.
*sighs* Yeah, I sure did, hon. I think I'm fixin' to head in yonder and get me a co'beer!

But before I do? Oh man, "yonder" is just one of those Texas/Southernisms that is almost impossible to translate to a northerner who has never been down here. My definition? (as if anyone cares? eeks!)

YONDER: The indefinable distance between yourself and the object/location in question. The distance itself may be across the backyard...or quite a few miles up the road. LOL

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Old 11-04-2012, 04:17 PM
 
Location: San Angelo, Texas
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Coke I've always said but ya'll and fixin' to I've picked up over the years and now say them without even thinking. Funny how stuff like that can rub off on you and stick. I've seen it happen to some of my family members here too.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:33 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Very familiar with all. Don't say warsh or yonder although I certainly had family that did. I have been reduced to saying soda so I can get servers to understand to give me a cup so I can choose which "coke" I want to drink. Besides fixin to one I can't break myself of is "gonna". I've tried and it's stuck. I only say ain't when I'm being funny but I do use it then. Oddly I've been know to exclaim "boy howdy", "gosh doggit", and "gol darnit" but I have absolutely no idea where I picked them up. Sounds funny I'm sure since I'm a SUV driving suburban mom living in an area with more transplants then natives
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:44 PM
 
Location: USA
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I've never even heard of any of these, except for "yawl" and "coke" for soda.

I never use any of these words. I say "you guys" instead of "yawl." And soda is soda.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:42 PM
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.... I REALLY don't get the "Coke" thing.

I spent my entire life in this state and I've never heard one single person refer to ALL sodas as "Coke".
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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.... I REALLY don't get the "Coke" thing.

I spent my entire life in this state and I've never heard one single person refer to ALL sodas as "Coke".
Agreed.
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:42 PM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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.... I REALLY don't get the "Coke" thing.

I spent my entire life in this state and I've never heard one single person refer to ALL sodas as "Coke".
That's something you're more likely to hear from more small-town southerners and/or generally those born before 1965.
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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.... I REALLY don't get the "Coke" thing.

I spent my entire life in this state and I've never heard one single person refer to ALL sodas as "Coke".
I've likewise spent my entire life in this state (some 63 years), Coke was my first word, and that's what I grew up hearing all soft drinks called. Except Big Red, of course!

My grandparents, who likewise grew up in this state, called all soft drinks "Coke".

I've always been asked if I want a Coke, both by friends and in restaurants, when being offered a soft drink.
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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I've likewise spent my entire life in this state (some 63 years), Coke was my first word, and that's what I grew up hearing all soft drinks called. Except Big Red, of course!

My grandparents, who likewise grew up in this state, called all soft drinks "Coke".

I've always been asked if I want a Coke, both by friends and in restaurants, when being offered a soft drink.
Yeah every Native Texan I know refers to soft drinks as cokes even the ones that are not "country". I've noticed a lot of us(Texans) say "Kleenex" instead of tissue.
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