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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 11-05-2012, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Garland
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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.
Then there are the African American variants, "finna" and "finda."
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:49 PM
 
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I hear the "cokes" one a lot still - as in restaurants,
ME: "What do you have to drink?"
SERVER: "We have coke, tea, coffee, and beer."
ME: "Cool, I'll take a Dr Pepper."
SERVER: "OK".

It's rare you hear someone say "sodas" or "pop" instead of "coke" if you ask.
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:51 PM
 
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Uh, no... it get's confusing to Native Texans who were born after the Carter administration.

No one in Texas cities use that, either.
I do
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Uh, no... it get's confusing to Native Texans who were born after the Carter administration.

No one in Texas cities use that, either.
I've given birth to Native Texans after the Carter administration who are not confused by it in the least. And I've lived in Texas cities - Dallas and Austin - and my husband grew up in San Antonio and we have friends and family there and visit quite a bit. It's not uncommon there, and no one's confused.

I think you're going to have to come up with some other, closer to home explanation for your own confusion!
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:41 PM
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I've given birth to Native Texans after the Carter administration who are not confused by it in the least. And I've lived in Texas cities - Dallas and Austin - and my husband grew up in San Antonio and we have friends and family there and visit quite a bit. It's not uncommon there, and no one's confused.

I think you're going to have to come up with some other, closer to home explanation for your own confusion!
You're gonna have to tell me, because I've NEVER heard anyone in my 23 years of walking around this planet and in this state use "Coke" to refer to all sodas.

My family, my friends, people I grew up around.... never does this.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Well, I'm sorry to hear that, but that does not mean that people your age and older (and younger) in Texas don't use it with no problem in communication whatsoever. You must have led a very sheltered life to have never heard it AND have it cause you confusion. After all, it's not like it's rocket science!
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:35 PM
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Well, I'm sorry to hear that, but that does not mean that people your age and older (and younger) in Texas don't use it with no problem in communication whatsoever. You must have led a very sheltered life to have never heard it AND have it cause you confusion. After all, it's not like it's rocket science!


Yeah, we're not on the same page, here.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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I've given birth to Native Texans after the Carter administration who are not confused by it in the least. And I've lived in Texas cities - Dallas and Austin - and my husband grew up in San Antonio and we have friends and family there and visit quite a bit. It's not uncommon there, and no one's confused.

I think you're going to have to come up with some other, closer to home explanation for your own confusion!
I was born during Reagan and I heard it all the time growing up and still do. Coke is used in place of soft drink solidly in Texas.
Survey: What Is Your Generic Name For Soft Drinks? | The Kitchn
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:19 PM
 
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I was born during Reagan and I heard it all the time growing up and still do. Coke is used in place of soft drink solidly in Texas.
Survey: What Is Your Generic Name For Soft Drinks? | The Kitchn
Here is an even larger map (and link) to it, RonnieinDallas:

http://popvssoda.com:2998/countystats/total-county.html
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:42 PM
 
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You're gonna have to tell me, because I've NEVER heard anyone in my 23 years of walking around this planet and in this state use "Coke" to refer to all sodas.

My family, my friends, people I grew up around.... never does this.
JJG, I think we have had this discussion before, and yeah, some of us are just talking past each other, a bit. But, from this point of view (just speaking for me, not everyone), I believe -- with all due respect -- you are making it quite a bit more complicated than it really is.

What is being said (and I definitely agree with it), is that the generic term "coke" in Texas/Southeast was pretty much comparable -- and still is -- with the applied usage of "soda" or "pop" in other parts of the country. It didn't mean it was/is always one and the same. It depended upon the circumstances.

Just as several others have alluded to? It was just to understand, not only what was meant, but just how and when it was meant. To ask, casually, "What kind of coke do you all want"? was comparable to asking, in the NE, "What kind of soda do you guys want"? And, of course, a "coke machine" was easily understood and naturally translated as being the coin-fed dispenser of the product...

Now, I will definitely agree that the generic "coke" is fading out in large urban areas, especially among younger people...and where many northern transplants never used/understood it to begin with. And also, yeah, there does seem to be a white/black application division as well. I don't know why, but there does...

So perhaps that is why you so seldom hear it in your experience and area...

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