Hey, y'all! Welcome to the second edition of Texas Tuesday!
Just in case any of y'all are new, I'll do a quick run down on what Texas Tuesday is, exactly!! It's a weekly link up that Amanda and I host that is open to anyone, yes, even non-Texans, but whatever you write about, it has to be Texas related. Anything Texas related. Just write your post, grab the button, and come back here to link up!
OK, enough with the rules, let's talk Texas, y'all!!
(Right clicking is disabled on my blog. To get the button, highlight the code and hit the "control" button and the "c" button.)
It's come to my attention that we Texans have our own language. Never mind our accents, which are different depending on what area of the state you're in, we have our own way of pronouncing things, and even make up our own words. That's how awesome we are! So, I figured we'd cover a little Texas slang today. Ready?
First thing's first, most Texans never pronounce the "g" on a word that ends in "ing". It's just like it's not even there. Also, most of us pronounce the letter "i" with a loooooong sound. For instance:
"white" = "whiiiiiiiiiite"
"ice" = "iiiiiiiiiice"
"life" = "liiiiife"
The same goes for "y" sounds. I.E. "why" = "whiiiiiii"
And no, it isn't because we're dumb. We may talk slow, but that doesn't make us idiots.
Now, there are words that we pronounce differently. For example:
Coyote is pronounced kai-oat.
San Antonio is pronounced San Antone
The abbreviation for Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) is pronounced Dee-Eff-Dubbya
We also make up our own words and phrases. Like:
A pond or small lake is a tank. I've never met anyone outside of Texas that calls it that.
A livestock show (a place where animals are shown and sold) is sometimes called a "fat stock show"
We call every carbonated drink coke, no matter the brand.
There you have it, Talk Like A Texan 101! There really is a whole lot more to learn before you're really talking like a true Texan, but this is a good start!! Now go practice your long I's and your y'alls, there will be a pop quiz next week!
Now it's your turn, link up and show us your Texas side!!