In preparation for my spontaneous weekend trip to Dallas I decided to look up some Texas colloquialisms. If I’m going to
bang bag a cowboy I can’t be sounding like a yank.
I found a site from Rice University on Houston that lists a bunch of these terms and phrases: Texas Talk
Here are some that I think I may find useful this weekend:
Arbuckle: a synonym for coffee, when the Arbuckle brand was virtually the only one available.
Catty Whompus: used to describe something that doesn’t fit properly or is out of line.
Crusty: tough and/or bad tempered man, woman or horse.
Frog-strangler: an extraordinary amount of rain.
I’ll swan: used instead of “I swear.”
The friendly creature: 19th century term for whiskey.
Chester drawers: that piece of furniture you put your socks in.
Hidden in the basement like a crazy aunt.
Like the dogs was after him.
Cold as a well digger’s lunch pail.
I’ll let you know if people actually talk like that! See ya!