Degrees of Horror
Aggervated: Aggravated. Mild annoyance to crazed rage.
Ain’noneed: No reason to.
Awwready!: “All righty.” Used as an affirmation or agreement.
Ball: To play American Football. There is no other sport. Ball is Football in Texas.
Bloody Nickel: Slang for Houston’s 5th Ward, one of the toughest neighborhoods in the nation.
Boondocks: Way out in the middle of nowhere.
Catching Cold: Becoming sick or ill.
Coke: Any soft drink; not just Coca Cola, but Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Orange Crush, Mountain
Dadgummit, dadblammit: Used instead of curse words.
Dry County: A county where it is illegal to sell alcohol.
Eat Up With: Excessively afflicted with some bad thing such as jealousy, cancer, or other disease.
Fixin’ to: About to, or eventually will do something.
Grocery Store: Any place that sells food or gas.
Holler: To call out.
Howdy Y’all: Hello, everyone. Texans give bonus points for double y’alls. “Y’all want
some queso, y’all?”
I imagine: To have intent or belief. “I imagine it’s time to go.”
Icebox: A refrigerator, not necessarily the frozen part, but the entire thing.
Ice House: A bar, usually a biker bar.
Lit off: To leave in a hurry.
Nekkid: A state of being nude.
Nu-uh: No way.
Pissed off: Angry
Plumb: To do something completely.
Recken: To think about.
Sko’eet: Let’s go eat.
Switch: A branch or stick used to spank or punish.
Take on: To wail or cry.
Tank: A pond.
Tenny Shoes: Any pair of athletic shoes
Tejano: A native Hispanic Texan, pronounced Teh-hah-no or Tay-hah-no.
Texas Stop Sign: A Dairy Queen; a fast food restaurant known for hamburgers and ice
To carry: To provide a ride.
What a Do?: A way to say hello and ask what’s going on at the same time.
Wouldn’t Take: To refuse to sell. “I wouldn’t take less than a thousand for it.”
Yankee: Anyone not born in Texas. Can be anyone north of where you live. “Dallas is
Yankee-land to Houston.”