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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 11-17-2016, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Houston
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A lot of these "Texanisms" have fallen out of use enough that they sound quaint and therefore entertaining. My grandfather -- who came to Texas as a young man in 1922 -- used a lot of them. Here are some:

Yonder, fetch (as in "go over yonder and fetch me that"), monostrous-big (really big), larruppin'-good (delicious).

He often affectionately called me an old "dololly", which means different things in different places, but originally came from pre-WWI British Army slang for crazy. (From the Deolali Sanitarium in India where British soldiers recovered before going home.)

If he thought a man was insufficiently masculine, he would call him a "piano player" (first word pronounced as "pie-anuh"). Also, until the Austin Powers movies, he was the only person I ever heard use the word "shag".
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Old 11-18-2016, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Haven't read through all this old thread, but is '"Fixin' to" in there? Or "tump" (as in he 'tumped over the canoe')?
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Old 11-29-2016, 08:50 AM
 
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Haven't read through all this old thread, but is '"Fixin' to" in there? Or "tump" (as in he 'tumped over the canoe')?
I commented above on "fixin' to".

I forgot about "tump" and "hike".

"Don't hike it up too high or it might tump over!"

I rarely use hike or tump but I recognize them as valid.

As far as soft drinks, I stay with the following:

"Pop" is your old man. "Soda" is what you use to clean off your battery terminals, or ruin a glass of good whiskey. "Coke" comes in a bottle or can and is fizzy.
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Old 11-29-2016, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Oh, yeah. I'm from Houston, with family from a small town south of there, and I remember "fixin' to" and "tump".

Earlier in this thread, I posted some quaint sayings my grandfather used. I forgot to add that I once worked with a lady from west Texas who was quite familiar with them. So, as we might expect, some sayings linger a while longer away from the big cities. However, now that virtually everyone has internet access and cable news, maybe we'll all wind up speaking the same way.
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Old 11-29-2016, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Military City, USA.
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Born and raised in Michigan, but my father and his family line (none of who I knew) are true Texans. I don't believe it is a coincidence that I ended up here.

I would have loved to have been born and raised here. The only "Texanisms" I use are "y'all", and "soda" instead of "pop" which is what is said in Michigan. I have been told a couple times that I have an accent! Told it's the way I pronounce some words.

In doing some genealogy, I learned that nicknames were common in Texas "back in the day." My father's was "Blondie" and my grandfather's was "Curly." I haven't come across a "Bubba" or a "Tex" yet, but then I haven't gone too deeply into the family tree.
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Old 11-30-2016, 04:38 AM
 
Location: Houston
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My dad was called "Cotton" because his hair was so light when he was a kid. His dad was sometimes called "Preacher" because ... well, he used the Lord's name in vain a lot, so to speak.
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Old 12-01-2016, 10:04 AM
 
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I never really thought I used any Texanisms, but I use nearly all of those (except Tex-izz).

Coke can mean Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, etc.

I picked up 'get your cotton picking hands off my...." from my parents, but its more of an acknowledged old-timey idiom.

I notice we tend to pronounce oil as 'oll' instead of 'o-yel'.
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