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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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“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)
“Chicken for the strength, waffles for the speed” (Lucky J’s chicken & waffles) (8/18)
“Chief executives have no more feeling for stockholders than for African baboons” (T. Boone Pickens) (1/4)
“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)
“Chili is just cowboy curry” (9/1)
“Chili is just southern curry” (9/1)
“Chili is just Tex-Mex curry” (8/31)
“Chili is just Texan curry” (8/31)
“Chili is just Texas curry” (8/31)
“Chili is just western curry” (9/1)
“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” (1/6)
“Come Early; Be Loud; Stay Late” (Longhorns slogan) (12/6)
“Come on ice cream!” (post-jalapeΓ±o-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)
“Country as cornbread” ("Country as corn bread") (7/23)
“Country as cornflakes” ("Country as corn flakes") (7/23)
“Courtesy, Service, Protection” (Texas Department of Public Safety motto) (12/20)
“Cowboy Up” (1/2)
“Cowboys don’t take baths—they just dust off” (3/10)
“Cowboys don’t roll joints. They tumble weed” (9/1)
“Cowboys go ‘yee haw’ and ninjas go ‘hee yaw‘“ (1/26)
“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 California my Texas” (5/23)
“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)
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