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Texas Chicken (ship-passing maneuver) (6/30)
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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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“Chile is one of the few foods that has its own goddess” (Diana Kennedy) (11/24)
“Chile Today, Hot Tamale” (or “Chili Today, Hot Tamale") (11/30)
“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” (1/6)
“Come Early; Be Loud; Stay Late” (Longhorns slogan) (12/6)
“Come on ice cream!” (post-jalapeƱo-eating saying) (2/26)
“Confused as a cow on AstroTurf” (or, “Confused as a goat on AstroTurf") (9/4)
“Conserve Texas water—Drink Texas wine” (8/12)
“Courtesy, Service, Protection” (Texas Department of Public Safety motto) (12/20)
“Cowboy Up” (1/2)
“Cowgirls Rule” (from earlier “Girls Rule, Boys Drool") (1/1)
“Crazy as a peach orchard boar” ("Madder than a peach orchard boar") (2/2)
“Cry calf rope” (or “Holler calf rope” or “Yell calf rope") (2/21)
“Cultivated mind is the guardian genius of Democracy” (Mirabeau B. Lamar; UT motto) (8/17)
“Dance with the one who brung you” (Darrell Royal) (12/7)
“Deliciously Different” (Big Red soft drink slogan) (4/13)
“Did you know the Missouri Pacific Railroad is mentioned in the Bible?” (railroad joke) (10/8)
“Difference between dead armadillo and dead lawyer in road? The armadillo has skid marks in front!” (9/3)
“Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?” (6/8)
“Don’t call him a cowboy till you’ve seen him ride” (9/16)
“Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion.” (Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich) (8/16)
“Don’t let your alligator mouth overload your hummingbird ass” (4/24)
“Don’t Mess With Texas—We’re Armed” (2/24)
“Don’t Mess With Texas” (8/3)
“Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining” (12/29)
“Don’t send my boy to Texas” (Oklahoma University song) (3/20)
“Don’t worry about biting off more than you can chew—you have a big mouth” (8/14)
“Downtown Dallas” (joke punchline) (3/15)
“Dr. Pepper - Good for Life” (10/27)
“Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.” (TxDOT slogan) (9/22)
“Drive Friendly—The Texas Way” (6/5)
“Drop edge of yonder” (1/12)
“East end of a horse going west” (a horse’s ass) (6/6)
“Eat Beef—The West Wasn’t Won on Salad” (2/19)
“Eat on the run, forget about sleep, and change horses often” (8/14)
“Eating Out Is Fun!” (Texas Restaurant Association) (6/23)
“Edmonton is to Calgary as Austin is to Houston” (8/19)
“Eighter from Decatur, county seat of Wise” ("Ada from Decatur") (8/27)
“Everybody invited and nobody slighted!” (7/30)
“Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die” (10/3)
“Everything’s bigger in Texas” (11/18)
“Eyes of Texas” (University of Texas alma mater) (10/21)
“Eyes of Texas” Salad (10/12)
“Fair to Midland” (pun on “fair to middling") (8/7)
“Fear the star” (Dallas Cowboys fan saying) (11/30)
“Fellow-countrymen, follow me to yonder saloon!” (shortest-ever Texas political speech?) (9/13)
“Fine as cream gravy” (12/1)
“Finish last in medical school and they call you ‘doctor‘“ (Texas basketball coach Abe Lemons) (11/5)
“First, you make a roux…” (9/24)
“Flush twice—Houston needs the water” (Dallas saying) (8/16)
“Follow me to freshness” (H-E-B food truck slogan) (1/31)
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