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Monday, September 10, 2012


If you are a Texan or if you have ever met a Texan you know that we have a language all our own. Sometimes it's hard to keep up with what the heck we're saying; it's a whole 'nother world down here y'all!  If you've ever been confused by what comes out of our mouths then this post is for you.

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There's a good chance that you could hear me saying a number of these words/phrases on any given day so listen up!

"This ain't my first rodeo."

I say this one all the time. It means been there, done that. I'm not an idiot. I know what I"m doing.

"The engines runnin' but ain't nobody driving."

You know, you've got a few screws loose, you're not the brightest crayon in the box, the sharpest tool in the shed?

"I'm gonna tell 'em how the cow ate the cabbage!"

I'm gonna give him a piece of my mind! This is another one of my most used phrases.

"She looks like she's been rode hard and put up wet."

No, this is not some sort of sexual innuendo. Ladies, if someone, especially a man, says this to you I'd suggest a nice slap in the face. It is not, I repeat NOT, a compliment. It means you look like crap. Old. Wore out!

"I'm all tuckered out."

Miss Addison says this all the time. She says "I sure had fun at the beach today, but I'm tuckered out." It means she is exhausted.

"She threw herself a hissy fit."

She threw an all out tantrum. Hollerin', feet stompin'. The whole nine yards.  <---- I think that is another Texan thing, yes?

"Whole 'nother" 

Y'all see where I used this one up there? That's before I even thought about putting it as an actual Texanism! "Whole other."

"Come Hell or High water"

No matter what! No obstacle will stand in my way.

"Dag nab it/Dad gum it"

This is used in place of a string of curse words.

"She's fit to be tied!"

Y'all better watch out, someone's pissed!

"Fancy meetin' you here."

I'm surprised to be running into you here. Often I use this with a dose of sarcasm. Say I'm meeting my bff at the coffee shop. I walk in, tap her on the shoulder and when she turns around I say "fancy meetin' you here!"

"He's gettin' back in the saddle again."

This usually refers to someone getting back into the dating game.

Well, there ya go. Those are my most commonly used Texanisms. Hopefully I didn't lose you along the way and just maybe this will help you understand us Texans a bit better!



  1. Here's 2 more colorful ones for you, from my very colorful Daddy, bless him.
    1. Raining like a cow pissin' on a flat rock (raining hard.)
    2. Don't piss in my ear and tell me it's raining! (usually his response to me trying to rationalize why I missed curfew... "don't try to fool me")

  2. Love these! I say "this aint my first rodeo" ALL the time. :)

  3. Don't forget "fixin' to." As in, "I'm fixin' to go to the store. Do you need anything?"

  4. Loved this! I've heard a few of those phrases thrown around since I moved here :-)

    Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed a good giggle while reading (laughing because it's true!)

    Now following you from the Texas Bloggers group. Hope you'll stop by and follow back!

    Sarah B Texas @ City Girl Gone Country

  5. "The engines runnin' but ain't nobody driving." Bahahaha! I so need to use this one.

  6. hahahah some of these ive never heard of em! my grandpa H ALWAYS says, come hell or high water! and my mom always says "tuckered out" haha. My grandpa H and his family were crop pickers and they used to migrate between texas, NM, Az and cali depending on the season, what crops, he did live in southern texas while he was a youngin lol :)


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