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Phrases True Texans Understand
Jan 12, 2020 08:08:14   #
slatten49 Loc: Lake Whitney, Texas
 
Howdy y’all, how well do you think you know your down home Texan slang? Are you a three jump cowboy when it comes to the idiosyncrasies and nuances of Texas lingo? Or do you carry your brains in your back pocket? The things they say in Texas have a musical quality unto themselves, and the terminology can have disastrous outcomes when used out of context. If you’re planning on going to the Lone Star state any time soon, you’ll want to study up on this Texan glossary so the locals don’t think you’re as useless as two buggies in a one horse town.

Once you get the hang of these Texan phrases, try them out on your friends before you run your shiny new Texas slang on any locals that you might come across when you hit the panhandle. The last thing you want to do is start an argument about Texan lingo with someone from Texas. All of these phrases were passed down through generations of families who actually talk like this, and who still use a lot of these phrases. It doesn’t matter if you’re eating barbecue in Brownwood or going to a crust show in San Antonio, someone is going to talk about “rasin’ cane,” or how it’s “hot as a pot of neck bones.” Texas is a magnificent state with a collection of traditions and colloquialisms that mutate and recycle with every new generation.

Pitch a Hissy Fit...To throw a meaner tantrum than a two dollar rattle snake.

Come Hell or High Water...This is a promise to get something done come hell or high water.

Doesn’t Have a Pot to Piss In...This means that someone is so broke that they have to go to the bathroom on the street, sans pot.

All Git-Out...The utmost conceivable degree of something. As in, "This pie is as good as all git-out."

You Can’t Beat That with a Stick...This phrase is used when there's something so good that you can't pass it up.

Raising Cane...Being rambunctious, loud, or having a much better time than anyone else.

That Dog Don't Hunt...Meaning: The idea that you're floating doesn't making sense or your excuse won't work.

Pick Your Switch...This comes from a phrase that plenty of parents used on their kids before whipping them with a tree branch, and it means that you have to pick your punishment. You would use this when deciding which bill to pay first.

Knee High to a Grasshopper...This doesn't refer to your height, but rather your age. Most people were "knee high to a grasshopper" when they were 2 or 3. Before then they were "down to an ant's ankle."

All Hat and No Cattle...When someone is "all hat and no cattle" they have no idea what they're talking about.

Busy as a One-Legged Man at an Ass-Kicking Contest...When you're so busy that you don't have time to rest because of everything you have to do.

So Dry I’m Spitting Cotton...It gets hotter than a two dollar pistol in Texas, and on those long days when the sun is baring down on the promised land you might find yourself needing a glass of water lest you find yourself with the driest mouth in the panhandle.

A Few Pickles Short of a Barrel...Use this to describe someone who's kind of dumb.

The Devil is Beating His Wife...Otherwise known as a sunshower, or when rain falls while the sun is shining.

Hitch in His Git-along...To have a permanent or temporary limp.

Hot as a Two Dollar Pistol...A cheap gun is usually a black market item, meaning that it's "hot." So when something is hotter than that pistol it's big news.

In Tall Cotton...To be in tall cotton means to be living at the peak of your life, it's like "salad days," but softer.

Crooked as a Dog’s Hind Leg....Used to describe someone who is a liar or a thief. Or someone who is actually shaped like a dog's back leg.

Like a Drum with a Hole In It...If someone has said this about you they think you're useless. Sorry.

They Wouldn’t Bite a Biscuit...This phrase is used to describe someone who's so afraid of everything that they wouldn't do something as simple and chill as biting into a pillowy buttermilk biscuit.

No Hill for a Stepper...Meaning: There's no problem that can't be resolved by someone who sets their mind to accomplishing their goals.

Calling for Earl...Puking your guts out. When you've had too many cold ones while chewing the rag you'll probably find yourself calling for Earl.

Chaw the Rag...To chat as if you have nothing but time on your hands.

Brave Enough to Eat in a Boomtown Café...Boomtowns were notorious for setting up one week and being gone the next. Because of that, their eating establishments were lax on everything from service to the actual food. You'd have to as brave as a ten gallon hat to eat in one of those diners.

Two Different Buckets of Possums...You would use this when you have two very different problems on your hands, be they a drought and a broken TV, or literally two buckets of possums.

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Jan 12, 2020 08:48:55   #
lpnmajor Loc: Arkansas
 
slatten49 wrote:
Howdy y’all, how well do you think you know your down home Texan slang? Are you a three jump cowboy when it comes to the idiosyncrasies and nuances of Texas lingo? Or do you carry your brains in your back pocket? The things they say in Texas have a musical quality unto themselves, and the terminology can have disastrous outcomes when used out of context. If you’re planning on going to the Lone Star state any time soon, you’ll want to study up on this Texan glossary so the locals don’t think you’re as useless as two buggies in a one horse town.

Once you get the hang of these Texan phrases, try them out on your friends before you run your shiny new Texas slang on any locals that you might come across when you hit the panhandle. The last thing you want to do is start an argument about Texan lingo with someone from Texas. All of these phrases were passed down through generations of families who actually talk like this, and who still use a lot of these phrases. It doesn’t matter if you’re eating barbecue in Brownwood or going to a crust show in San Antonio, someone is going to talk about “rasin’ cane,” or how it’s “hot as a pot of neck bones.” Texas is a magnificent state with a collection of traditions and colloquialisms that mutate and recycle with every new generation.

Pitch a Hissy Fit...To throw a meaner tantrum than a two dollar rattle snake.

Come Hell or High Water...This is a promise to get something done come hell or high water.

Doesn’t Have a Pot to Piss In...This means that someone is so broke that they have to go to the bathroom on the street, sans pot.

All Git-Out...The utmost conceivable degree of something. As in, "This pie is as good as all git-out."

You Can’t Beat That with a Stick...This phrase is used when there's something so good that you can't pass it up.

Raising Cane...Being rambunctious, loud, or having a much better time than anyone else.

That Dog Don't Hunt...Meaning: The idea that you're floating doesn't making sense or your excuse won't work.

Pick Your Switch...This comes from a phrase that plenty of parents used on their kids before whipping them with a tree branch, and it means that you have to pick your punishment. You would use this when deciding which bill to pay first.

Knee High to a Grasshopper...This doesn't refer to your height, but rather your age. Most people were "knee high to a grasshopper" when they were 2 or 3. Before then they were "down to an ant's ankle."

All Hat and No Cattle...When someone is "all hat and no cattle" they have no idea what they're talking about.

Busy as a One-Legged Man at an Ass-Kicking Contest...When you're so busy that you don't have time to rest because of everything you have to do.

So Dry I’m Spitting Cotton...It gets hotter than a two dollar pistol in Texas, and on those long days when the sun is baring down on the promised land you might find yourself needing a glass of water lest you find yourself with the driest mouth in the panhandle.

A Few Pickles Short of a Barrel...Use this to describe someone who's kind of dumb.

The Devil is Beating His Wife...Otherwise known as a sunshower, or when rain falls while the sun is shining.

Hitch in His Git-along...To have a permanent or temporary limp.

Hot as a Two Dollar Pistol...A cheap gun is usually a black market item, meaning that it's "hot." So when something is hotter than that pistol it's big news.

In Tall Cotton...To be in tall cotton means to be living at the peak of your life, it's like "salad days," but softer.

Crooked as a Dog’s Hind Leg....Used to describe someone who is a liar or a thief. Or someone who is actually shaped like a dog's back leg.

Like a Drum with a Hole In It...If someone has said this about you they think you're useless. Sorry.

They Wouldn’t Bite a Biscuit...This phrase is used to describe someone who's so afraid of everything that they wouldn't do something as simple and chill as biting into a pillowy buttermilk biscuit.

No Hill for a Stepper...Meaning: There's no problem that can't be resolved by someone who sets their mind to accomplishing their goals.

Calling for Earl...Puking your guts out. When you've had too many cold ones while chewing the rag you'll probably find yourself calling for Earl.

Chaw the Rag...To chat as if you have nothing but time on your hands.

Brave Enough to Eat in a Boomtown Café...Boomtowns were notorious for setting up one week and being gone the next. Because of that, their eating establishments were lax on everything from service to the actual food. You'd have to as brave as a ten gallon hat to eat in one of those diners.

Two Different Buckets of Possums...You would use this when you have two very different problems on your hands, be they a drought and a broken TV, or literally two buckets of possums.
Howdy y’all, how well do you think you know your d... (show quote)



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Jan 12, 2020 09:16:29   #
Big dog
 
slatten49 wrote:
Howdy y’all, how well do you think you know your down home Texan slang? Are you a three jump cowboy when it comes to the idiosyncrasies and nuances of Texas lingo? Or do you carry your brains in your back pocket? The things they say in Texas have a musical quality unto themselves, and the terminology can have disastrous outcomes when used out of context. If you’re planning on going to the Lone Star state any time soon, you’ll want to study up on this Texan glossary so the locals don’t think you’re as useless as two buggies in a one horse town.

Once you get the hang of these Texan phrases, try them out on your friends before you run your shiny new Texas slang on any locals that you might come across when you hit the panhandle. The last thing you want to do is start an argument about Texan lingo with someone from Texas. All of these phrases were passed down through generations of families who actually talk like this, and who still use a lot of these phrases. It doesn’t matter if you’re eating barbecue in Brownwood or going to a crust show in San Antonio, someone is going to talk about “rasin’ cane,” or how it’s “hot as a pot of neck bones.” Texas is a magnificent state with a collection of traditions and colloquialisms that mutate and recycle with every new generation.

Pitch a Hissy Fit...To throw a meaner tantrum than a two dollar rattle snake.

Come Hell or High Water...This is a promise to get something done come hell or high water.

Doesn’t Have a Pot to Piss In...This means that someone is so broke that they have to go to the bathroom on the street, sans pot.

All Git-Out...The utmost conceivable degree of something. As in, "This pie is as good as all git-out."

You Can’t Beat That with a Stick...This phrase is used when there's something so good that you can't pass it up.

Raising Cane...Being rambunctious, loud, or having a much better time than anyone else.

That Dog Don't Hunt...Meaning: The idea that you're floating doesn't making sense or your excuse won't work.

Pick Your Switch...This comes from a phrase that plenty of parents used on their kids before whipping them with a tree branch, and it means that you have to pick your punishment. You would use this when deciding which bill to pay first.

Knee High to a Grasshopper...This doesn't refer to your height, but rather your age. Most people were "knee high to a grasshopper" when they were 2 or 3. Before then they were "down to an ant's ankle."

All Hat and No Cattle...When someone is "all hat and no cattle" they have no idea what they're talking about.

Busy as a One-Legged Man at an Ass-Kicking Contest...When you're so busy that you don't have time to rest because of everything you have to do.

So Dry I’m Spitting Cotton...It gets hotter than a two dollar pistol in Texas, and on those long days when the sun is baring down on the promised land you might find yourself needing a glass of water lest you find yourself with the driest mouth in the panhandle.

A Few Pickles Short of a Barrel...Use this to describe someone who's kind of dumb.

The Devil is Beating His Wife...Otherwise known as a sunshower, or when rain falls while the sun is shining.

Hitch in His Git-along...To have a permanent or temporary limp.

Hot as a Two Dollar Pistol...A cheap gun is usually a black market item, meaning that it's "hot." So when something is hotter than that pistol it's big news.

In Tall Cotton...To be in tall cotton means to be living at the peak of your life, it's like "salad days," but softer.

Crooked as a Dog’s Hind Leg....Used to describe someone who is a liar or a thief. Or someone who is actually shaped like a dog's back leg.

Like a Drum with a Hole In It...If someone has said this about you they think you're useless. Sorry.

They Wouldn’t Bite a Biscuit...This phrase is used to describe someone who's so afraid of everything that they wouldn't do something as simple and chill as biting into a pillowy buttermilk biscuit.

No Hill for a Stepper...Meaning: There's no problem that can't be resolved by someone who sets their mind to accomplishing their goals.

Calling for Earl...Puking your guts out. When you've had too many cold ones while chewing the rag you'll probably find yourself calling for Earl.

Chaw the Rag...To chat as if you have nothing but time on your hands.

Brave Enough to Eat in a Boomtown Café...Boomtowns were notorious for setting up one week and being gone the next. Because of that, their eating establishments were lax on everything from service to the actual food. You'd have to as brave as a ten gallon hat to eat in one of those diners.

Two Different Buckets of Possums...You would use this when you have two very different problems on your hands, be they a drought and a broken TV, or literally two buckets of possums.
Howdy y’all, how well do you think you know your d... (show quote)


Being from New York, I’m kinda amazed at how many of these phrases I’m familiar with, unlike so many of the phrases you listed from New York the other day.
Maybe it’s just my worldly wanderings.

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Jan 12, 2020 09:43:57   #
slatten49 Loc: Lake Whitney, Texas
 
Big dog wrote:
Being from New York, I’m kinda amazed at how many of these phrases I’m familiar with, unlike so many of the phrases you listed from New York the other day.
Maybe it’s just my worldly wanderings.

Or, maybe it's the unworldly company you keep.

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Jan 12, 2020 10:37:34   #
American Vet
 
slatten49 wrote:
Howdy y’all, how well do you think you know your down home Texan slang? Are you a three jump cowboy when it comes to the idiosyncrasies and nuances of Texas lingo? Or do you carry your brains in your back pocket? The things they say in Texas have a musical quality unto themselves, and the terminology can have disastrous outcomes when used out of context. If you’re planning on going to the Lone Star state any time soon, you’ll want to study up on this Texan glossary so the locals don’t think you’re as useless as two buggies in a one horse town.

Once you get the hang of these Texan phrases, try them out on your friends before you run your shiny new Texas slang on any locals that you might come across when you hit the panhandle. The last thing you want to do is start an argument about Texan lingo with someone from Texas. All of these phrases were passed down through generations of families who actually talk like this, and who still use a lot of these phrases. It doesn’t matter if you’re eating barbecue in Brownwood or going to a crust show in San Antonio, someone is going to talk about “rasin’ cane,” or how it’s “hot as a pot of neck bones.” Texas is a magnificent state with a collection of traditions and colloquialisms that mutate and recycle with every new generation.

Pitch a Hissy Fit...To throw a meaner tantrum than a two dollar rattle snake.

Come Hell or High Water...This is a promise to get something done come hell or high water.

Doesn’t Have a Pot to Piss In...This means that someone is so broke that they have to go to the bathroom on the street, sans pot.

All Git-Out...The utmost conceivable degree of something. As in, "This pie is as good as all git-out."

You Can’t Beat That with a Stick...This phrase is used when there's something so good that you can't pass it up.

Raising Cane...Being rambunctious, loud, or having a much better time than anyone else.

That Dog Don't Hunt...Meaning: The idea that you're floating doesn't making sense or your excuse won't work.

Pick Your Switch...This comes from a phrase that plenty of parents used on their kids before whipping them with a tree branch, and it means that you have to pick your punishment. You would use this when deciding which bill to pay first.

Knee High to a Grasshopper...This doesn't refer to your height, but rather your age. Most people were "knee high to a grasshopper" when they were 2 or 3. Before then they were "down to an ant's ankle."

All Hat and No Cattle...When someone is "all hat and no cattle" they have no idea what they're talking about.

Busy as a One-Legged Man at an Ass-Kicking Contest...When you're so busy that you don't have time to rest because of everything you have to do.

So Dry I’m Spitting Cotton...It gets hotter than a two dollar pistol in Texas, and on those long days when the sun is baring down on the promised land you might find yourself needing a glass of water lest you find yourself with the driest mouth in the panhandle.

A Few Pickles Short of a Barrel...Use this to describe someone who's kind of dumb.

The Devil is Beating His Wife...Otherwise known as a sunshower, or when rain falls while the sun is shining.

Hitch in His Git-along...To have a permanent or temporary limp.

Hot as a Two Dollar Pistol...A cheap gun is usually a black market item, meaning that it's "hot." So when something is hotter than that pistol it's big news.

In Tall Cotton...To be in tall cotton means to be living at the peak of your life, it's like "salad days," but softer.

Crooked as a Dog’s Hind Leg....Used to describe someone who is a liar or a thief. Or someone who is actually shaped like a dog's back leg.

Like a Drum with a Hole In It...If someone has said this about you they think you're useless. Sorry.

They Wouldn’t Bite a Biscuit...This phrase is used to describe someone who's so afraid of everything that they wouldn't do something as simple and chill as biting into a pillowy buttermilk biscuit.

No Hill for a Stepper...Meaning: There's no problem that can't be resolved by someone who sets their mind to accomplishing their goals.

Calling for Earl...Puking your guts out. When you've had too many cold ones while chewing the rag you'll probably find yourself calling for Earl.

Chaw the Rag...To chat as if you have nothing but time on your hands.

Brave Enough to Eat in a Boomtown Café...Boomtowns were notorious for setting up one week and being gone the next. Because of that, their eating establishments were lax on everything from service to the actual food. You'd have to as brave as a ten gallon hat to eat in one of those diners.

Two Different Buckets of Possums...You would use this when you have two very different problems on your hands, be they a drought and a broken TV, or literally two buckets of possums.
Howdy y’all, how well do you think you know your d... (show quote)


You do realize that most Texans are descended from us Arkansas hillbillies that just moved southwest?

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Jan 12, 2020 10:46:17   #
slatten49 Loc: Lake Whitney, Texas
 
American Vet wrote:
You do realize that most Texans are descended from us Arkansas hillbillies that just moved southwest?

Quite possibly, and most likely to include some cantankerous Tennesseans.

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Jan 12, 2020 11:52:25   #
Coos Bay Tom Loc: coos bay oregon
 
slatten49 wrote:
Howdy y’all, how well do you think you know your down home Texan slang? Are you a three jump cowboy when it comes to the idiosyncrasies and nuances of Texas lingo? Or do you carry your brains in your back pocket? The things they say in Texas have a musical quality unto themselves, and the terminology can have disastrous outcomes when used out of context. If you’re planning on going to the Lone Star state any time soon, you’ll want to study up on this Texan glossary so the locals don’t think you’re as useless as two buggies in a one horse town.

Once you get the hang of these Texan phrases, try them out on your friends before you run your shiny new Texas slang on any locals that you might come across when you hit the panhandle. The last thing you want to do is start an argument about Texan lingo with someone from Texas. All of these phrases were passed down through generations of families who actually talk like this, and who still use a lot of these phrases. It doesn’t matter if you’re eating barbecue in Brownwood or going to a crust show in San Antonio, someone is going to talk about “rasin’ cane,” or how it’s “hot as a pot of neck bones.” Texas is a magnificent state with a collection of traditions and colloquialisms that mutate and recycle with every new generation.

Pitch a Hissy Fit...To throw a meaner tantrum than a two dollar rattle snake.

Come Hell or High Water...This is a promise to get something done come hell or high water.

Doesn’t Have a Pot to Piss In...This means that someone is so broke that they have to go to the bathroom on the street, sans pot.

All Git-Out...The utmost conceivable degree of something. As in, "This pie is as good as all git-out."

You Can’t Beat That with a Stick...This phrase is used when there's something so good that you can't pass it up.

Raising Cane...Being rambunctious, loud, or having a much better time than anyone else.

That Dog Don't Hunt...Meaning: The idea that you're floating doesn't making sense or your excuse won't work.

Pick Your Switch...This comes from a phrase that plenty of parents used on their kids before whipping them with a tree branch, and it means that you have to pick your punishment. You would use this when deciding which bill to pay first.

Knee High to a Grasshopper...This doesn't refer to your height, but rather your age. Most people were "knee high to a grasshopper" when they were 2 or 3. Before then they were "down to an ant's ankle."

All Hat and No Cattle...When someone is "all hat and no cattle" they have no idea what they're talking about.

Busy as a One-Legged Man at an Ass-Kicking Contest...When you're so busy that you don't have time to rest because of everything you have to do.

So Dry I’m Spitting Cotton...It gets hotter than a two dollar pistol in Texas, and on those long days when the sun is baring down on the promised land you might find yourself needing a glass of water lest you find yourself with the driest mouth in the panhandle.

A Few Pickles Short of a Barrel...Use this to describe someone who's kind of dumb.

The Devil is Beating His Wife...Otherwise known as a sunshower, or when rain falls while the sun is shining.

Hitch in His Git-along...To have a permanent or temporary limp.

Hot as a Two Dollar Pistol...A cheap gun is usually a black market item, meaning that it's "hot." So when something is hotter than that pistol it's big news.

In Tall Cotton...To be in tall cotton means to be living at the peak of your life, it's like "salad days," but softer.

Crooked as a Dog’s Hind Leg....Used to describe someone who is a liar or a thief. Or someone who is actually shaped like a dog's back leg.

Like a Drum with a Hole In It...If someone has said this about you they think you're useless. Sorry.

They Wouldn’t Bite a Biscuit...This phrase is used to describe someone who's so afraid of everything that they wouldn't do something as simple and chill as biting into a pillowy buttermilk biscuit.

No Hill for a Stepper...Meaning: There's no problem that can't be resolved by someone who sets their mind to accomplishing their goals.

Calling for Earl...Puking your guts out. When you've had too many cold ones while chewing the rag you'll probably find yourself calling for Earl.

Chaw the Rag...To chat as if you have nothing but time on your hands.

Brave Enough to Eat in a Boomtown Café...Boomtowns were notorious for setting up one week and being gone the next. Because of that, their eating establishments were lax on everything from service to the actual food. You'd have to as brave as a ten gallon hat to eat in one of those diners.

Two Different Buckets of Possums...You would use this when you have two very different problems on your hands, be they a drought and a broken TV, or literally two buckets of possums.
Howdy y’all, how well do you think you know your d... (show quote)


The Texas influence has gone beyond it's borders-- I use a lot of those sayings and have heard them all my life.

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Jan 12, 2020 11:58:25   #
slatten49 Loc: Lake Whitney, Texas
 
Coos Bay Tom wrote:
The Texas influence has gone beyond it's borders-- I use a lot of those sayings and have heard them all my life.

Well, for better or worse, we Texans do get around.

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Jan 12, 2020 13:34:48   #
PaulPisces Loc: San Francisco
 
slatten49 wrote:
Howdy y’all, how well do you think you know your down home Texan slang? Are you a three jump cowboy when it comes to the idiosyncrasies and nuances of Texas lingo? Or do you carry your brains in your back pocket? The things they say in Texas have a musical quality unto themselves, and the terminology can have disastrous outcomes when used out of context. If you’re planning on going to the Lone Star state any time soon, you’ll want to study up on this Texan glossary so the locals don’t think you’re as useless as two buggies in a one horse town.

Once you get the hang of these Texan phrases, try them out on your friends before you run your shiny new Texas slang on any locals that you might come across when you hit the panhandle. The last thing you want to do is start an argument about Texan lingo with someone from Texas. All of these phrases were passed down through generations of families who actually talk like this, and who still use a lot of these phrases. It doesn’t matter if you’re eating barbecue in Brownwood or going to a crust show in San Antonio, someone is going to talk about “rasin’ cane,” or how it’s “hot as a pot of neck bones.” Texas is a magnificent state with a collection of traditions and colloquialisms that mutate and recycle with every new generation.

Pitch a Hissy Fit...To throw a meaner tantrum than a two dollar rattle snake.

Come Hell or High Water...This is a promise to get something done come hell or high water.

Doesn’t Have a Pot to Piss In...This means that someone is so broke that they have to go to the bathroom on the street, sans pot.

All Git-Out...The utmost conceivable degree of something. As in, "This pie is as good as all git-out."

You Can’t Beat That with a Stick...This phrase is used when there's something so good that you can't pass it up.

Raising Cane...Being rambunctious, loud, or having a much better time than anyone else.

That Dog Don't Hunt...Meaning: The idea that you're floating doesn't making sense or your excuse won't work.

Pick Your Switch...This comes from a phrase that plenty of parents used on their kids before whipping them with a tree branch, and it means that you have to pick your punishment. You would use this when deciding which bill to pay first.

Knee High to a Grasshopper...This doesn't refer to your height, but rather your age. Most people were "knee high to a grasshopper" when they were 2 or 3. Before then they were "down to an ant's ankle."

All Hat and No Cattle...When someone is "all hat and no cattle" they have no idea what they're talking about.

Busy as a One-Legged Man at an Ass-Kicking Contest...When you're so busy that you don't have time to rest because of everything you have to do.

So Dry I’m Spitting Cotton...It gets hotter than a two dollar pistol in Texas, and on those long days when the sun is baring down on the promised land you might find yourself needing a glass of water lest you find yourself with the driest mouth in the panhandle.

A Few Pickles Short of a Barrel...Use this to describe someone who's kind of dumb.

The Devil is Beating His Wife...Otherwise known as a sunshower, or when rain falls while the sun is shining.

Hitch in His Git-along...To have a permanent or temporary limp.

Hot as a Two Dollar Pistol...A cheap gun is usually a black market item, meaning that it's "hot." So when something is hotter than that pistol it's big news.

In Tall Cotton...To be in tall cotton means to be living at the peak of your life, it's like "salad days," but softer.

Crooked as a Dog’s Hind Leg....Used to describe someone who is a liar or a thief. Or someone who is actually shaped like a dog's back leg.

Like a Drum with a Hole In It...If someone has said this about you they think you're useless. Sorry.

They Wouldn’t Bite a Biscuit...This phrase is used to describe someone who's so afraid of everything that they wouldn't do something as simple and chill as biting into a pillowy buttermilk biscuit.

No Hill for a Stepper...Meaning: There's no problem that can't be resolved by someone who sets their mind to accomplishing their goals.

Calling for Earl...Puking your guts out. When you've had too many cold ones while chewing the rag you'll probably find yourself calling for Earl.

Chaw the Rag...To chat as if you have nothing but time on your hands.

Brave Enough to Eat in a Boomtown Café...Boomtowns were notorious for setting up one week and being gone the next. Because of that, their eating establishments were lax on everything from service to the actual food. You'd have to as brave as a ten gallon hat to eat in one of those diners.

Two Different Buckets of Possums...You would use this when you have two very different problems on your hands, be they a drought and a broken TV, or literally two buckets of possums.
Howdy y’all, how well do you think you know your d... (show quote)


This making me wonder if the panhandle of Florida (where I grew up) was once part of The Republic of Texas! Or maybe was colonized by Texans. Or possibly the other way around???????

Thanks for sharing, Slatts, and reminding me of the charm of colloquial speech!!

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Jan 13, 2020 07:50:29   #
billy a Loc: South Florida
 
PaulPisces wrote:
This making me wonder if the panhandle of Florida (where I grew up) was once part of The Republic of Texas! Or maybe was colonized by Texans. Or possibly the other way around???????

Thanks for sharing, Slatts, and reminding me of the charm of colloquial speech!!


Paul, I'm in the opposite end of the Sunshine State... Melting-pot is the closest to describing
all of the cultural sayings down here. From New York to Trinidad, Jamaica to Mexico...
Canada, Haiti, Cuba... I'm retired from construction work with all of these folks. Impossible to keep up with all the lingo, but it sure made the day interesting. This has also had the bonus side-effect of embracing and appreciating other cultures.
God Bless America

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Jan 13, 2020 20:22:01   #
debeda
 
slatten49 wrote:
Howdy y’all, how well do you think you know your down home Texan slang? Are you a three jump cowboy when it comes to the idiosyncrasies and nuances of Texas lingo? Or do you carry your brains in your back pocket? The things they say in Texas have a musical quality unto themselves, and the terminology can have disastrous outcomes when used out of context. If you’re planning on going to the Lone Star state any time soon, you’ll want to study up on this Texan glossary so the locals don’t think you’re as useless as two buggies in a one horse town.

Once you get the hang of these Texan phrases, try them out on your friends before you run your shiny new Texas slang on any locals that you might come across when you hit the panhandle. The last thing you want to do is start an argument about Texan lingo with someone from Texas. All of these phrases were passed down through generations of families who actually talk like this, and who still use a lot of these phrases. It doesn’t matter if you’re eating barbecue in Brownwood or going to a crust show in San Antonio, someone is going to talk about “rasin’ cane,” or how it’s “hot as a pot of neck bones.” Texas is a magnificent state with a collection of traditions and colloquialisms that mutate and recycle with every new generation.

Pitch a Hissy Fit...To throw a meaner tantrum than a two dollar rattle snake.

Come Hell or High Water...This is a promise to get something done come hell or high water.

Doesn’t Have a Pot to Piss In...This means that someone is so broke that they have to go to the bathroom on the street, sans pot.

All Git-Out...The utmost conceivable degree of something. As in, "This pie is as good as all git-out."

You Can’t Beat That with a Stick...This phrase is used when there's something so good that you can't pass it up.

Raising Cane...Being rambunctious, loud, or having a much better time than anyone else.

That Dog Don't Hunt...Meaning: The idea that you're floating doesn't making sense or your excuse won't work.

Pick Your Switch...This comes from a phrase that plenty of parents used on their kids before whipping them with a tree branch, and it means that you have to pick your punishment. You would use this when deciding which bill to pay first.

Knee High to a Grasshopper...This doesn't refer to your height, but rather your age. Most people were "knee high to a grasshopper" when they were 2 or 3. Before then they were "down to an ant's ankle."

All Hat and No Cattle...When someone is "all hat and no cattle" they have no idea what they're talking about.

Busy as a One-Legged Man at an Ass-Kicking Contest...When you're so busy that you don't have time to rest because of everything you have to do.

So Dry I’m Spitting Cotton...It gets hotter than a two dollar pistol in Texas, and on those long days when the sun is baring down on the promised land you might find yourself needing a glass of water lest you find yourself with the driest mouth in the panhandle.

A Few Pickles Short of a Barrel...Use this to describe someone who's kind of dumb.

The Devil is Beating His Wife...Otherwise known as a sunshower, or when rain falls while the sun is shining.

Hitch in His Git-along...To have a permanent or temporary limp.

Hot as a Two Dollar Pistol...A cheap gun is usually a black market item, meaning that it's "hot." So when something is hotter than that pistol it's big news.

In Tall Cotton...To be in tall cotton means to be living at the peak of your life, it's like "salad days," but softer.

Crooked as a Dog’s Hind Leg....Used to describe someone who is a liar or a thief. Or someone who is actually shaped like a dog's back leg.

Like a Drum with a Hole In It...If someone has said this about you they think you're useless. Sorry.

They Wouldn’t Bite a Biscuit...This phrase is used to describe someone who's so afraid of everything that they wouldn't do something as simple and chill as biting into a pillowy buttermilk biscuit.

No Hill for a Stepper...Meaning: There's no problem that can't be resolved by someone who sets their mind to accomplishing their goals.

Calling for Earl...Puking your guts out. When you've had too many cold ones while chewing the rag you'll probably find yourself calling for Earl.

Chaw the Rag...To chat as if you have nothing but time on your hands.

Brave Enough to Eat in a Boomtown Café...Boomtowns were notorious for setting up one week and being gone the next. Because of that, their eating establishments were lax on everything from service to the actual food. You'd have to as brave as a ten gallon hat to eat in one of those diners.

Two Different Buckets of Possums...You would use this when you have two very different problems on your hands, be they a drought and a broken TV, or literally two buckets of possums.
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Good ones. Lots of those common in Missouri, too

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Jan 13, 2020 21:13:33   #
bggamers Loc: georgia
 
slatten49 wrote:
Howdy y’all, how well do you think you know your down home Texan slang? Are you a three jump cowboy when it comes to the idiosyncrasies and nuances of Texas lingo? Or do you carry your brains in your back pocket? The things they say in Texas have a musical quality unto themselves, and the terminology can have disastrous outcomes when used out of context. If you’re planning on going to the Lone Star state any time soon, you’ll want to study up on this Texan glossary so the locals don’t think you’re as useless as two buggies in a one horse town.

Once you get the hang of these Texan phrases, try them out on your friends before you run your shiny new Texas slang on any locals that you might come across when you hit the panhandle. The last thing you want to do is start an argument about Texan lingo with someone from Texas. All of these phrases were passed down through generations of families who actually talk like this, and who still use a lot of these phrases. It doesn’t matter if you’re eating barbecue in Brownwood or going to a crust show in San Antonio, someone is going to talk about “rasin’ cane,” or how it’s “hot as a pot of neck bones.” Texas is a magnificent state with a collection of traditions and colloquialisms that mutate and recycle with every new generation.

Pitch a Hissy Fit...To throw a meaner tantrum than a two dollar rattle snake.

Come Hell or High Water...This is a promise to get something done come hell or high water.

Doesn’t Have a Pot to Piss In...This means that someone is so broke that they have to go to the bathroom on the street, sans pot.

All Git-Out...The utmost conceivable degree of something. As in, "This pie is as good as all git-out."

You Can’t Beat That with a Stick...This phrase is used when there's something so good that you can't pass it up.

Raising Cane...Being rambunctious, loud, or having a much better time than anyone else.

That Dog Don't Hunt...Meaning: The idea that you're floating doesn't making sense or your excuse won't work.

Pick Your Switch...This comes from a phrase that plenty of parents used on their kids before whipping them with a tree branch, and it means that you have to pick your punishment. You would use this when deciding which bill to pay first.

Knee High to a Grasshopper...This doesn't refer to your height, but rather your age. Most people were "knee high to a grasshopper" when they were 2 or 3. Before then they were "down to an ant's ankle."

All Hat and No Cattle...When someone is "all hat and no cattle" they have no idea what they're talking about.

Busy as a One-Legged Man at an Ass-Kicking Contest...When you're so busy that you don't have time to rest because of everything you have to do.

So Dry I’m Spitting Cotton...It gets hotter than a two dollar pistol in Texas, and on those long days when the sun is baring down on the promised land you might find yourself needing a glass of water lest you find yourself with the driest mouth in the panhandle.

A Few Pickles Short of a Barrel...Use this to describe someone who's kind of dumb.

The Devil is Beating His Wife...Otherwise known as a sunshower, or when rain falls while the sun is shining.

Hitch in His Git-along...To have a permanent or temporary limp.

Hot as a Two Dollar Pistol...A cheap gun is usually a black market item, meaning that it's "hot." So when something is hotter than that pistol it's big news.

In Tall Cotton...To be in tall cotton means to be living at the peak of your life, it's like "salad days," but softer.

Crooked as a Dog’s Hind Leg....Used to describe someone who is a liar or a thief. Or someone who is actually shaped like a dog's back leg.

Like a Drum with a Hole In It...If someone has said this about you they think you're useless. Sorry.

They Wouldn’t Bite a Biscuit...This phrase is used to describe someone who's so afraid of everything that they wouldn't do something as simple and chill as biting into a pillowy buttermilk biscuit.

No Hill for a Stepper...Meaning: There's no problem that can't be resolved by someone who sets their mind to accomplishing their goals.

Calling for Earl...Puking your guts out. When you've had too many cold ones while chewing the rag you'll probably find yourself calling for Earl.

Chaw the Rag...To chat as if you have nothing but time on your hands.

Brave Enough to Eat in a Boomtown Café...Boomtowns were notorious for setting up one week and being gone the next. Because of that, their eating establishments were lax on everything from service to the actual food. You'd have to as brave as a ten gallon hat to eat in one of those diners.

Two Different Buckets of Possums...You would use this when you have two very different problems on your hands, be they a drought and a broken TV, or literally two buckets of possums.
Howdy y’all, how well do you think you know your d... (show quote)



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