Recent entries:
“North is a direction. The South is a lifestyle” (6/11)
“Mad as a wet hen” (very mad) (6/9)
“All gurgle and no guts” (6/8)
“Madder than a wet hen” (very mad) (6/8)
“Why are so few murders solved in the South?"/"No dental records and all the DNA matches.” (5/1)
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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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“He couldn’t sell watermelons with the highway patrol blocking traffic” (3/8)
“He was addicted to cowboy line dancing and entered a two-step program” (11/30)
“He’ll do to ride the river with” (11/1)
“He’s got more guts than you can hang on a fence” (7/13)
“Hello, sucker!” & “Give this little girl a big hand!” (Texas Guinan) (12/24)
“Here Everything’s Better” & “HEB-ing” or “Hebbing” (8/12)
“Here I sit, cheeks a-flexin’, giving birth to another Texan” (bathroom graffiti) (12/29)
“HI, HOW ARE YOU” (Daniel Johnston artwork) (9/6)
“Hide from wind, run from water” (hurricane adage) (6/20)
“Home of the free 72-oz. steak” (Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo) (12/28)
“Honk if I’m an Aggie” (bumper sticker) (9/13)
“Hook “Em Horns” & “Hook ‘Em Cows” (12/31)
“Hoover Hog,” “Poor Man’s Pig,” “Poverty Pig” (armadillo nicknames) (8/24)
“Horse high, bull strong, and pig tight” (qualities of a Texas fence) (10/15)
“Hotter than a Laredo parking lot” (Dan Rather, election night 2000) (12/30)
“Hotter Than a Stolen Tamale;” “Hotter Than a Fur Coat in Marfa” (10/31)
“Houston—The Real Texas” (10/8)
“Houston is Los Angeles with the climate of Calcutta” (Molly Ivins?) (7/30)
“Houston Proud” (9/24)
“Houston’s Hot” (10/8)
“Houston, we have a problem” (8/6)
“Houston. It’s Worth It” (2/24)
“How ‘bout them Cowboys?” (1/10)
“How about them cookies?” (10/4)
“How do you pronounce the name of this place?” (Mexia) (9/29)
“How do you tell if a person is a level-headed country boy?"/"Snuff runs out of both sides.” (4/18)
“How hard could it be?” (2006 Kinky Friedman campaign slogan for governor) (7/6)
“How many Aggies/Texans does it take to eat an armadillo?” (8/24)
“How many Austinites does it take to change a light bulb?” (joke) (7/27)
“How the cow ate the cabbage” (12/31)
“I ate so much okra I slid out of bed!” or “I couldn’t keep my socks up!” (10/18)
“I believe a lot of conflict in the Wild West could have been avoided…” (joke) (2/16)
“I Dance Country at the Broken Spoke, Austin, Texas” (3/7)
“I dearly love the state of Texas, but I consider that a harmless perversion on my part…” (2/1)
“I didn’t claw my way to the top of the food chain to eat vegetables” (3/13)
“I don’t have a dog in that fight” (12/9)
“I don’t jog. If I die, I want to be sick” (Abe Lemons, UT basketball coach) (8/26)
“I feel safer on a racetrack…than on Houston expressways” (A. J. Foyt) (1/4)
“I have calf brains, stewed kidneys, pickled pigs’ feet…” (Dallas waitress joke?) (11/3)
“I like dillos, but do not support giving them guns. I would never armadillo” (7/15)
“I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!” (10/8)
“I wish it would rain—not for me cuz I’ve seen it, but for my 7-year-old” (11/27)
“I’ll sign anything except bad legislation” (Kinky Friedman) (10/25)
“I’m from Texas. What country are you from?” (8/2)
“I’m like horse manure in a rodeo (i.e., everywhere)” (Liz Smith) (1/3)
“I’ll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one” (1/11)
“If a barbecue place has a drive-through, it probably isn’t good” (3/16)
“If a man can’t curse his friends, whom can he curse?” (Sam Houston) (11/4)
“If all the Texas steers were one steer, he would have his front feet in the Gulf of Mexico…” (6/27)
“If all you ever do is all you’ve ever done, then all you’ll get is all you ever got” (5/21)
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