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Texas Dialect / Glossary

United States of America [US]

Source: Internet

The dialect of the Texas region

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  • Aa

  • aggravated- used to describe everything from mild annoyance to dangerous murderous rage. Usually pronounced agger-vated.

  • all choked up- upset overcome with emotions (other than aggravation). A person is usually all choked up when they are deeply moved by sadness or by the thoughtfulness of others.

  • all swole up- an alternative to aggravated but sometimes carries connotations of being obstinate proud and self-abosorbed in addition to being aggravated.

  • all worked up- in a state of aggravation arousal of some type in a state of deeply offended pride offended sensibilities in a state of anxiety etc. Agitated.

  • Arbuckle - a synonym for coffee when the Arbuckle brand was virtually the only one available.

  • Bb

  • ball- usually means football.

  • blinky- adjective used to describe milk that has begun to sour.

  • blue norther - storm that comes up as a giant blue-black cloud of cold air comes over the warm gulf air and just about freezes us to death! Rain and wind may accompany the black cloud.

  • Cc

  • catty whompus- used to describe something that doesn t fit properly or is out of line.

  • clabber milk- butter milk

  • conniptions- shows determination to proceed regardless of the problems obstacles etc.

  • crusty- tough and/or bad tempered man woman or horse.

  • Dd

  • dad blame it dad gum it dag nab it- euphamisms coined to allow expressive speech without swearing.

  • dinner- depending on the Dillo this can be the noontime meal or the evening meal.

  • Ee

  • eat up- eaten up destroyed oxidized.

  • Ff

  • fess up- admit.

  • fit to be tied- really upset.

  • fixin ta- getting ready to do something.

  • fixins - food; the rest of the meal excluding the main dish.

  • frog-strangler- an extraordinary amount of rain.

  • Gg

  • galoot- an old cowboy term meaning old rascal. It s generally meant affably.

  • go ahead on- You go ahead I ll catch up later.

  • go to the house- go in for dinner/supper depending on the Dillo.

  • gully-washer- an extraordinary amount of rain.

  • Hh

  • hissy fit - This term was never actually defined but I get the impression it s a state of extreme agitation and not a pretty thing to see.

  • howdy- How do you do?

  • Ii

  • i ll swan- used instead of I swear.

  • larrupin - a few fingers tastier than finger-lickin good.

  • lit out- took off started out or absconded across some terrain.

  • looker- a pretty girl.

  • maverick- a loner an independent cuss wild. First used to describe cattle owned by Sam Maverick of Galveston Island. His cattle were wild-like and he d swim them across West Bay and join up with the herd going north. When cattle broke the herd the wranglers sa

  • norther- a storm; not as bad as a blue norther.

  • nu-uh- no

  • ole cuss- and old rascal (or galoot) who is tough and/or bad-tempered.

  • over in through there also: you go up in through there.- Directional phrase; one I m told foreigners (read: anybody except a Texan) have trouble understanding.

  • over yonder- a directional phrase meaning over there.

  • place- an individual s farm or ranch.

  • plug- common mutt horse.

  • plug-ugly- see above. This is definitely not a compliment and should not be treated as such.

  • pole-axed- knocked down smashed flat with dramatic force.

  • post oak- wood that is hard and resistant to rot and can be used for fenceposts.

  • ridin high- doin aw right; probably a reference to the quality of horse you are riding. If you re poor you ride a burro (short) or a plug. If you re wealthy you might ride a thoroughbred or Tennessee Walker; therefore you re ridin high.

  • shoot- an expletive (should be used with an exclamation point).

  • slaunchways- a piece of wood that is cut on an angle is cut slaunchways.

  • sorry- a particularly important Texas adjective meaning worthless no-count useless bad. Enhanced inflection makes it more emphatic.

  • squaddies- cowboys. This was a very common term in the 19th century.

  • supper- Once again depending on the Dillo this can be either the noon or the evening meal.

  • sweet milk- milk that tastes good.

  • taken to- began adapted started liking. Use #l: He s taken to drinking. Use #2: She s taken to that new job of hers right off.

  • tank- pond

  • the friendly creature- 19th century term for whiskey.

  • truck- food

  • tump- to spill or dump

  • turd-floater- a very heavy downpour.

  • walkin in tall cotton- doin aw right (see ridin high)

  • waller- as far as I can tell this is an extremely useful if somewhat vague verb of many uses. It s usually used as a past participle. The wheel was wallered out. or The Dillo List wallered down an gave that little nawthun lady a bunch of Texas Tawk.

  • whole nuther thing- soemthing else entirely

  • whomperjawed- when something is not fitting properly e.g. You ll never get that wine open the corscrew is all whomperjawed!

  • wore out- fatigued exhausted; also sometimes used for worn out machinery etc.


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