The dialect of the Texas region
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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.
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.
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.
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.
eat up- eaten up destroyed oxidized.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
the friendly creature- 19th century term for whiskey.
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.