How to Talk Texan in Three Simple Steps

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With the increased number of tourists coming to the great state of Texas, there seems an increased desire to want to “fit in.” Learning to talk Texan is as easy as three simple steps. Picking up the Texas vernacular can be summed up in the use of “y’all,” the distinction between Coke and Dr Pepper, and proper use of metaphors (knowing how to describe something.) As a favor to all “y’all” that fall into that category, here’s an easy-to-follow guide for how to talk Texan.

1. Don’t Say “All of You” or “You Guys”

How to Talk Texan in Three Simple Steps

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An incredibly important step to remember, and one that is sure to make the difference between fitting in or not, is the use of the word “y’all.” It’s a general contraction of the words “you” and “all,” and even though it’s used throughout the south, we here in Texas take great pride in its use in the Lone Star State. It’s our way of saying “all of you” or “you guys.” Please note: Singular use of the word “you” is still acceptable. For a minimum of two people, use “y’all.” And, for three or more, don’t be afraid to use the words “all y’all.”

2. Not all “Cokes” are Dr Pepper, But all Sodas are “Cokes”

How to Talk Texan in Three Simple Steps

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In Texas, sodas are called “Cokes.” For example: If you want to order a Root Beer, first tell the cashier you want a “Coke.” They’ll then ask you “What kind?”. That’s when you clarify the flavor. Dr Pepper, however, having been developed in Texas prior to Coca-Cola, is practically in a class all itself. In this instance, it’s socially acceptable to simply say you want a Dr Pepper and skip the whole “Coke” formalities.

3. Use of Metaphors to Describe Things is a Texas Talent

How to Talk Texan in Three Simple Steps

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When given the option of describing things using plain words versus a mixture of funny objects, animals, and nature, which would you choose? In Texas, we like to say things like “You can put boots in the oven, but it won’t make ‘em biscuits,” which means you can say what you want, but it won’t change the truth. See? That seems a whole lot nicer, doesn’t it? When learning how to talk Texan, it’s imperative that you build phrases like this into your repertoire and daily usage. Once you do, you’ll have enough Texan tongue for 10 rows of teeth (in other words: you’ll sure be able to talk a lot!)