We never say “Forgetaboutit” unless we’ve been around someone from the Northeast—or watched one of the movies like “Mickey Blue Eyes” that use the phrase. Texas is part of the Southwest but also part of the South. We don’t use the F or S word as freely as those in some parts of the country—at least the people with whom I socialize don’t use them.
I digress. This weekend, I was reminded of some of our unusual words by another author critiquing my work. I’ll share that one and others with you now.
Helping my plate – taking a serving of food and placing it on my plate.
Fixin’ to – I will in a minute.
Fixin’ to get ready to start – I’m not feeling peppy, but I’ll get it done as soon as I can force myself out of this chair.
|Bless Your Heart!|
Bless your heart – usually means you are simply too stupid to live and I feel so sorry for you.
Bless you – means the literal bless your heart
Nothing but a barbed wire fence between here and the North Pole – that north wind is freezing me
Gonna – going to
Gotta – I have to
Hafta – same as gotta
|Lookee yonder. That |
fella's come a fur piece
Yonder – not a long way, you can probably see it from here
Those are only a few of our peculiar colloquialisms. For true western slang, see Marin Thomas’ post at http://sweetheartsofthewest.blogspot.com/2010/10/cowboy-slang.html
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