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Texas Slang


When you come to Texas, it might be helpful to understand the language that we speak.  Hope you enjoy these descriptions.

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

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

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 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.

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.

come hell or high water shows determination to proceed, regardless of the problems, obstacles, etc.

conniptions to have conniptions is to get upset and raise a ruckus.

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 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.

fixins food; the rest of the meal, excluding the main dish.

fixin' ta getting ready to do something.

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?

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 said, "That's one of Maverick's."

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

nu-uh no.

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

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

sweet milk milk that tastes good.

t*rd-floater a very heavy downpour.

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

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.