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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, 11:47 PM
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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.
Doesn't that get confusing?

When I say I want a "Coke" that means Coca-Cola and nothing else.

If I want a Sprite, I'll say Sprite. Pepsi? I'll say Pepsi. I just do not understand that.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:10 AM
 
Location: San Angelo, Texas
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That's something you're more likely to hear from more small-town southerners and/or generally those born before 1965.
Thats true. I was born in 1958 and growing up in Southern California in the 60's and 70's all soft drinks were referred to as cokes. So when I came here to Texas I was already in the habit of calling soft drinks cokes.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:17 AM
 
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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.

I call all tissue Kleenex. Funny.

I grew up hearing and saying "You want a Coke? What kind"? I remember the first time I heard someone (a Yankee) call it a pop. I'm like a "WHAT"? So they say, "you know, a soda/a pop". It sounded so . . . abrupt!
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:27 AM
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I grew up hearing and saying "You want a Coke? What kind"? I remember the first time I heard someone (a Yankee) call it a pop. I'm like a "WHAT"? So they say, "you know, a soda/a pop". It sounded so . . . abrupt!
I know a girl from Oklahoma City who does that...

I keep telling her, "SODA.... SO-DA."
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:43 AM
 
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[quote=RonnieinDallas;26807250]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.[/quote]

Yep. I do this too.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Doesn't that get confusing?

When I say I want a "Coke" that means Coca-Cola and nothing else.

If I want a Sprite, I'll say Sprite. Pepsi? I'll say Pepsi. I just do not understand that.
Not confusing at all. Someone says, "You want a coke?" I say, "Yes." Then they say, "What kind?" and list the kinds that are available (whether it be a restaurant or a private home).

It's worked for the last 63 years without confusion (to my personal knowledge), so it must not be.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:24 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Not confusing at all. Someone says, "You want a coke?" I say, "Yes." Then they say, "What kind?" and list the kinds that are available (whether it be a restaurant or a private home).

It's worked for the last 63 years without confusion (to my personal knowledge), so it must not be.
This. It only gets complicated when out-of-staters make it complicated.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:53 AM
 
Location: San Angelo, Texas
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Not confusing at all. Someone says, "You want a coke?" I say, "Yes." Then they say, "What kind?" and list the kinds that are available (whether it be a restaurant or a private home).

It's worked for the last 63 years without confusion (to my personal knowledge), so it must not be.
Its worked fine for all my 54 years. No confusion at all.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:09 AM
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This. It only gets complicated when out-of-staters make it complicated.
Uh, no... it get's confusing to Native Texans who were born after the Carter administration.

No one in Texas cities use that, either.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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Another "other" I hear are e's & i's pronounced the exact same. I know I do it too. Examples like: pen and pin are pronounced the same By a lot of Texans just like ten and tin. I also get corrected when I say "invelope" instead of correctly saying envelope (AHN-vuh-lope). I have to remind myself all the time the en in envelope is the same as the en in entrepreneur.
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