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Entry from September 06, 2007
Texification/Texify (Texafication/Texafy)

"Texification” is the Texas answer, perhaps, to the the word “Californication.” When George W. Bush became president, several people commented that the United States was becoming “Texified” (or, without the capitalization, “texified"). “Texification” and “Texify” have been in popular use since the 2000 election, although “Texify” is first cited from 1989 and “Texification” from 1993.

“Texafication” and “Texafy” are also used, although less often than the other spellings.

10 January 1989, San Jose (CA) Mercury News, Letters, pg. 1B:
...some were from New Jersey and Texas, where they know about oil, and they said, “don’t let them New Jersify or Texify the California coast.”

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From: (Greg Parkinson)
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 1993 13:48:31 GMT
Local: Fri, Oct 8 1993 9:48 am
Subject: Texas Cowboy term help needed

As the texification of Citibank’s technology continues, we here in NYC are attempting to learn as much as we can about the natives, their culture, and the festive and colorful vocabulary they sport. 

21 December 1994, San Jose (CA) Mercury News, pg. 9B:
The “Texification” of the National GOP is extraordinary. In the Senate, the new power behind the throne is Texas Sen. Phil Gramm, a former economics ...

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From: (Craig K. Gowens)
Date: 1998/12/12
Subject: Re: Augie (was Re: composite bats--what the hell are they?

*His* California style could use some Texification and I’m more worried about his ability to recruit in the southwest than the south. If Cal State Austin is going to turn things around, we have to get the recruits in our own state(s) first.

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From: (Rick Russell)
Date: 1999/04/16
Subject: Re: “Best Cheese Steaks”

I don’t know if they are “authentic”, but the Texadelphia sandwich shop in the Rice Village serves a nice cheesesteak sandwich. They will optionally “Texify” it with jalapen~os, onions, etc. 

On Campus, UT Austin
January 25, 2001 - VOL. 28, NO. 01
The Texification of a nation:
Inauguration of 43rd president provides national stage for University of Texas Longhorn Band, Bevo and outgoing UT System Regent Chairman Don Evans

7 February 2001, Milwaukee (WI) Journal Sentinel, “Tex Mix: stars from the Lone Star State” by Joanne Weintraub, pg. 1:
From chili cook-offs and cowboy boots to LBJ and the Bush boys, the Texification of America just won’t quit.

1 April 2002, Architectural Review, pg. 30:
Livingstone is keen to encourage tall buildings almost anywhere in a most ill judged attempt to make the city seem up-to-date—London may have influenced Dallas and Houston, but the mother of the modern city must remember its European origins and resist Texification by generating a proper, compact, high rise CBD like those of Sydney or Manhattan to the east of St Paul’s.

21 December 2002, The Economist, “The future is - Texas,” pg. 61:
If you want to see where America is heading, start by studying Texas .
There is much to disapprove of in all this. But before writing off the Texification of America, it is worth reflecting on a few of the state’s more appealing qualities.

Berkeley Daily Planet
Creeping Texafication
by Becky O’Malley

Village Voice
Lone Star Fate: From Losing Side of Civil War to D.C. Shaker
James McEnteer’s Deep in the Heart: The Texas Tendency in American Politics
by J. Hoberman
October 25th, 2004 5:25 PM
George W. Bush isn’t our first Texas president or even our most Texas president. But he is certainly the most self-Texafied character to put up his boots in the Oval Office—a Connecticut-born dude who learned to walk, talk, and act Texan and who even bought his Crawford spread as a set in preparation for the 2000 campaign. 

Texas Observer
December 03, 2004 — Features
The Texafication of the USA
By Ronnie Dugger

Old Hickory’s Weblog
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
2:44:00 AM EST
Texafication of American Politics

Chico News & Review
The Texafication of California
This article was published on 03.23.06. 

17 July 2006, U.S. News & World Report, “Edging to the Right” by Michael Barone, pg. 49: 
Some years ago, I predicted that NAFTA would produce a Texafication of North America. 

Southern Voice Online
Texafication’ of Georgia
By Arnold Fleischmann
Nov. 17, 2006

Washington Monthly
December 1, 2006
TEXIFICATION....Via Jonathan Singer, the Economist’s Lexington notes a delicious irony. A few short years ago it was the Democratic Party that was supposedly in danger of shrinking into a merely regional party, but today it’s the GOP that looks to be headed for that fate:
Kevin Phillips calls this the “Texification” of the Republican Party, and I actually prefer that term.

Saturday, January 13, 2007
I do say “y’all” it is official
I think this is step one in the Texification process. I can’t help myself anymore. It is a useful word. For a while I lied to myself and others of my yankee friends who noticed that it had slipped into my common usage. “I didn’t say ‘y’all’ I said ‘you-all’ which is totally different.”

I say y’all, and I’ll keep saying it no matter what you do. But does this mean that I’m like Madonna when she married someone from the UK and then adopted a British accent? What if I promise to never say “yee-haw”? Will that satisfy y’all??

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