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Here are 18 Slang Terms You’ll Only Understand if you’re from Texas



Howdy, y’all! If you’ve ever found yourself fixin’ to understand the peculiar lingo of the Lone Star State, you’re in for a treat. In this hilarious journey through Texan vernacular, we’ll explore 18 funny slang terms that’ll have you grinnin’ like a possum eatin’ sweet taters – and, rest assured, you’ll soon be two-steppin’ through the linguistic charm that makes Texas truly one-of-a-kind.


While not exclusive to Texas, the Texan use of “y’all” is iconic. It’s the go-to plural form of “you” and a staple in Texan communication.

Fixin’ to

When a Texan says they’re “fixin’ to” do something, it means they’re getting ready or about to do it. “I’m fixin’ to grab a taco.”

This Ain’t my first Rodeo

Slang saying for having experience.

Bless Your Heart

Often used as a polite way to express sympathy or understanding, but it can also be subtly condescending in certain contexts.

Pitch a Hissy Fit

To pitch a hissy fit means to throw a tantrum. While it’s often used for children, adults can also pitch hissy fits.


To get something done.


A classic Texan greeting, short for “How do you do?” It’s the epitome of Southern hospitality.


Referring to students and alumni of Texas A&M University. It’s a term of camaraderie and pride.


If you have a hankerin’ for something, you have a strong desire or craving. “I’ve got a hankerin’ for some barbecue.”

All Hat, No Cattle

Describes someone who talks big but lacks the substance to back it up.


In Texas, a “buggy” isn’t an insect; it’s a shopping cart. “Grab a buggy for the groceries.”


Askew or awry. “The picture frame is all cattywampus.”

Lone Star State

Referring to Texas, this nickname comes from the single star on the state flag and represents Texan pride.


A traditional Texan dance often done to country music. “Let’s hit the dance floor and do some two-steppin’.”

Blue Norther

A sudden and strong cold front that sweeps across the state, bringing a rapid drop in temperatures.

Texas Toast

Thick-cut toast, often buttered and grilled. It’s a staple in many Texan households.


To tip or knock over. “Don’t tump over that bucket.”


A friendly, often affectionate, term for a close friend or companion. “Hey, Bubba, let’s grab some barbecue.”

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