Sometimes a Texan leaves Texas—usually for a very short time. When a person leaves a country, he or she becomes an “expatriate” or “expat.” When a Texan leaves Texas, he or she becomes a “Texas expatriate” or “Texpatriate” or “Texpat.” The term can be capitialized, but frequently is not.
An expatriate (in abbreviated form, expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country and culture other than that of the person’s upbringing or legal residence. The word comes from the Latin ex (out of) and patria (country, fatherland), and is sometimes misspelled (either unintentionally or intentionally) as ex-patriot or short x-pat, because of its pronunciation.
(Oxford English Dictionary)
1. trans. To drive (a person) away from (his) native country; to banish.
1817 G. CHALMERS in Churchyard’s Chippes 163 Morton was thus expatriated.
1828 D’ISRAELI Chas. I, I. v. 113 This minister, after having been expatriated, outlived his great enemy.
1856 OLMSTED Slave States 261 He apologizes at length for proposing to expatriate the negroes.
2. refl. (rarely intr. for refl.) To withdraw from one’s native country; in the Law of Nations, to renounce one’s citizenship or allegiance.
1784 BERINGTON Hist. Abeillard (1787) IV. 187 He [Abeillard] indulged the romantick wish of expatriating himself for ever.
expatriate, ppl. a. and n.
A. adj. = EXPATRIATED.
B. n. An expatriated person. In modern usage, a person who lives in a foreign country.
1812 SHELLEY Let. to Hitchener in Hogg Life II. 94 An Irishman has been torn from his wife and family..because he was expatriate.
[A.] b. Of, pertaining to, or being an expatriate; living in a foreign country esp. by choice.
1957 R. E. KNOLL (title) Robert McAlmon, expatriate publisher and writer.
Google Groups: rec.motorcycles.harley
Subject: Re: move to little d. was Ribs.
Actually, as exile goes, this isn’t too bad. Just about everybody in Colorado is from Texas anyway, or so the native Coloradans claim. With all us Texpatriates here, you’d think *someone* would have thought to bring along some good chili or BBQ, though.
17 July 1997, Austin (TX) American-Statesman, “Big D radio was big ‘so what’” by Rob Paterson, pg. 19:
Texpatriate Steve Earle performed a special sole acoustic set.
Texas Monthly (May 1998)
Does absence make the art grow fonder? These days, some of the best writing about Texas is being done by women who don’t live here.
by Michael DiLeo
Google Groups: nashville.general
From: “Olin Murrell”
Subject: Re: Strawberr Soda’s..
Good luck skoot, and welcome to Nashville. If we ever get all the Texpatriates together in one location we’re gonna have...one hell of a problem! ;^)
Google Groups: uk.music.country
Subject: Texas Performing Songwriter
If you like the Texas singer-songwriters, take a look at TexPatriate Records:
Ace “I wish I was back in Texas” Ford
New York Times
RITUALS; A Hunger for Frito Pie, From the Artery-Clogged Heart of Texas
By JOHN SCHWARTZ
Published: February 21, 2003
I realized that other Texpatriates might be feeling the same nostalgia, and packed up a few cans, with bags of Fritos, and sent them off to my wife’s Cousin Jim, who is in Kuwait with the troops.
New Canaan (CT) News-Review
Author: Hal Brown
Article ID: 2706542
Date: February 11, 2005
Publication: New Canaan News-Review (CT)
T-is for Texas, E-is for expatriate, X-is in the middle of Texas.
But enough of that, you know where this is going. There is a community of Texas natives living and working among the general population in New Canaan. Being Texans, they like to kick up their heels a little (or a lot) from time to time. They also like to share their opinions. Saturday was one of those times - the Lone Star Ladies had a chili cookoff.
Tales of a Texpatriate
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Your Tex-Pat, currently living in the Land of Suck
Monday, February 27, 2006
I am also going to talk about life with the military as a civilian, life as a “Texpatriate” my career in bodywork and massage therapy (I have a massage practice on a military post, and am in training in Munich as a Rolfer), my adventures in Germany as a “strange person in a strange land”.
The Dating Experiemtn
Costa Rica - Day 2 (Director’s cut)
May 14th, 2006
From all the pictures I’ve seen, and some of the comments I’ve read, this hostel seemed...um...rustic. “Lots of character.” The owners were brother-sister Texpatriates who flashed me the Longhorn sign when I arrived (I was wearing a Texas shirt).
In search of...Big Red
posted by WFY at 12:00 PM on September 20, 2006
Achtung Texpatriates! I have been tasked to find Diet Big Red Soda in the National Capital area
Chow (June 25, 2007)
MANHATTAN: At Hill Country, True Texas ’Cue
Even hard-to-please Texpats say Hill Country, the three-week-old Lone Star–style barbecue joint, gets it right. “As an Austin native,” declares weegums, “I can say that was the best Texas-style ’cue I’ve had outside of the state, and a good deal better than most places I’ve eaten around the Hill Country itself.”
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