Recent entries:
“Why is Texas called the Lone Star State?"/"It’s their Yelp rating.” (6/29)
“Why do Mexicans never cross the border in groups of three?"/"Because a sign says ‘No Trespassing.‘“ (4/28)
“How do you tell if a person is a level-headed country boy?"/"Snuff runs out of both sides.” (4/18)
“What do you get if you cross a leprechaun with a Texan?"/"Pot of chili at the end of the rainbow.” (3/12)
“I believe a lot of conflict in the Wild West could have been avoided…” (joke) (2/16)
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The Lone Star State. An etymological dictionary investigating the origins of Texas words, names, quotations and phrases, specializing in modern slang, nicknames, slogans, proverbs, adages and aphorisms. A web site by Barry Popik.


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“‘Onced’ and ‘twiced’ are words” (8/4)
“78704—More than just a ZIP code” ("78704—Actually, it’s just a ZIP code") (3/2)
“8 Days a Week” (Black’s Barbecue in Lockhart) (7/2)
“A community bound by books” (BookPeople slogan) (12/18)
“A conscience is like a boat or a car. If you feel you need one, rent it” (J.R. on Dallas tv series) (5/31)
“A cowboy is a man with guts and a horse” (3/15)
“A dollar-three-eighty” (3/19)
“A few oil wells make ranching a fine business” (8/9)
“A heart the size of Texas” or “A heart as big as Texas” (Texas saying) (2/15)
“A hit dog will holler” (1/2)
“A lick and a promise” (1/31)
“A line in the sand” (Col. Travis in 1836; Pres. Bush in 1990) (12/27)
“A Texan is a Mexican who couldn’t swim to Oklahoma” (dirty joke definition) (3/11)
“A young Texan walks into a bar…” (bar joke) (2/24)
“Acres and acres, and she’s all mine!” (Texas size joke) (12/5)
“Alamo has no back door” (Maury Maverick, Jr.) (12/29)
“All barbecue experts are self-proclaimed” (3/27)
“All broth and no beans” (12/2)
“America’s Motor Lunch” & “A Tasty Meal Served at Your Wheel” (Pig Stand slogans) (5/13)
“An atheist is a man who buys a ticket to the Notre Dame-SMU game and doesn’t care who wins” (9/7)
“And the horse you rode in on” (2/24)
“Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it took a carpenter to build it” (Sam Rayburn) (1/4)
“As goes South Texas, so goes the U.S. crop” (9/6)
“As welcome as a skunk at a lawn party” (7/27)
“At GM, you form a committee on snakes, then hire a consultant…” (Ross Perot) (10/18)
“Bacon Strip” District (9/1)
“Barbecue is as old as fire” (2/15)
“Barbecue sauce is like a beautiful woman. If it’s too sweet, it’s bound to be hiding something” (6/11)
“Be always sure you’re right—then go ahead” (Davy Crockett) (8/12)
“Beat like a rented mule” (12/31)
“Bet that it would never rain again” (Texas weather joke) (8/29)
“Between 11 and 3 stay under a tree” (7/14)
“Between a rock and a weird place” (Pflugerville, near Round Rock and Austin) (11/23)
“Between hay and grass” (1/1)
“Bevo. It’s what’s for dinner.” (anti-UT Longhorn slogan) (10/25)
“Big as hell and half of Texas” (12/28)
“Big hat and no cattle” ("All hat and no cattle") (8/3)
“Bigger than Dallas” ("Bigger ‘n Dallas") (10/16)
“Black/Dark as midnight under a skillet” (12/5)
“Bonjour, y’all” (Paris, Texas greeting) (4/14)
“Bottle of Pearl, please!” (Pearl Beer slogan) (5/15)
“Boy, Hidy!” (or “Boy, Howdy!") (2/23)
“Bring it on!” ("Bring ‘em on!") (9/9)
“Bubba likes it” (Lone Star Cafe slogan) (9/22)
“Bugled to Jesus” (to die) (10/3)
“Call them ‘Armadillos’ because the team gets killed on the road” (9/28)
“Can’t dance and it’s too wet to plow” (2/3)
“Cattle come first, then men, then horses, then women” (2/3)
“Change planes in Dallas” (where a Texan going to heaven or hell goes first) (9/5)
“Check the date, love your state” (vehicle registration) (8/21)
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