How to Tawk Texan MP900362846[1]

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13 September 2009
Updated: 04 Oct 2010
Norman, Oklahoma, USA

 

 

 

Texas: its like a whole other country. Some would say its like a whole other planet. Anyway, heres your guide for transforming your standard English into Texas Anglish, so you can sound like a native when you visit.

 

The Texas Anglish translation words are mostly borrowed/barried from Jim Everharts excellent books, The Illustrated Texas Dictionary of the English Language, Vols. I through IV, Cliffs Notes, Inc., Lincoln, Nebraska, late 1960s, which unfortunately are now out of print, but are sometimes available on Amazon.com and other booksellers on the Net.

 

The classification system and examples are, alas, mine.

 

BTW, before the lynch mob forms, I should note that despite my long stay as an expatriate in Oklahoma (captured by Chickasaws!), I am a native Texan.

 

Enjoy!

 

Prof. Oates

 

 

Translation Category

Standard English

Texas Anglish

Examples

ing/eng to ang

 

 

Ah did not have a thang to drank before Ah put the rang on her fanger.

 

Do yall speak Ang-lish?

 

thing

thang

 

 

drink

drank

 

 

ring

rang

 

 

finger

fanger

 

 

English

Anglish

 

ing to ine

Lets go to the ahrport and go fline.

 

flying

fline

--> Thanks for this one, Marcie! Youre now an honorary Texan.

diphthongdiftherences

 

 

Ahm gonna doll 911 if that quahr dont kwat down. They been hittin sar notes far over an are.

 

A feller whod stale lectricity from the par company is a card and oughtta be balled in all. 

ea

steal

stale

 

ia

dial

doll

 

ie

quiet

kwat

 

io

lion

lon

 

ow

coward

card

 

 

power

par

 

 

howdy

heidi

 

 

bellow

bellar

 

 

fellow

feller

 

 

mellow

mallar(d)

 

oi

oil

all

 

 

boil

ball

 

 

choir

quahr

 

oo

look

luck

 

 

poor

pour

 

ou

hour

are

 

 

sour

sar

 

Conjugation/ declension changes

 

 

After Ah ast yall not to, and even tho yall node better, someone thowed the ball over the wall.

 

knew

node

 

 

asked

ast

 

 

you (pl.)

yall, yawl

 

 

threw

thowed

 

Added sounds

 

 

Wunst Ah plainted a rose bush riot chear, but winds and floods, one er the tuther, blew it or warshed it often the hill and into the gully.

 

here

chear

 

 

once

wunst

 

 

ruin

rueing

 

 

plant

plaint

 

 

wash

warsh

 

 

other

tuther

 

 

off of

often

 

Omitted sounds

 

 

Pairs to me that if we bah these lottery tickets, well awl get retch and have mihyuns of dollars to thow around. Wont that be sightin? Ah spec well be the retchest human beans pawn the earth, sep for the Rockefellers.

 

1,000,000

mihyun

 

 

throw

thow

 

 

exciting

sighting

 

 

haircut

harket

 

 

trust

truss

 

 

mirror

mere

 

 

chorus

choarse

 

 

upon

pawn

 

 

being

bean

 

 

borrowed

barred,barried

 

 

except

sep

 

 

help

hep

 

 

idea

ID

 

 

expect

speck

 

 

last

lass

 

 

center

sinner

 

 

rich

retch

(oops! mis-classified)

 

terror

tear

 

 

forehead

foured

 

 

temperature

tempetour

 

 

jewelry

jury

 

 

violent

violet

 

 

boric

bork

 

 

10 + 1

leven

Ah member leavin levendy-seven bottles of bork acid in the chemistry store room summers.

 

somewhere

summers

 

 

assist

cyst

 

 

remember

member

 

 

parade

prayed

 

 

more than

morn

 

 

errand

aaron

 

 

appears

pairs

 

 

unless

lesson

 

short a to long a

 

 

Ah kaint imagaine how Ah fell down the stars nekkid and spilled my plight of banes.

 

Ahm consarned that Ahve stained the slave of mah best shart.

 

cant

kaint

 

 

stairs

stars

(oops! mis-classified)

long a to long i

 

 

 

 

plate

plight

 

long a to short e

 

 

 

 

naked

nekkid

 

long e to long a

 

 

 

 

beans

banes

 

 

concerned

consarned

 

 

sleeve

slave

 

 

thee

they

Mah country tis of they / sweet land of liberty / of they Ah sang

(tune: God Save the Queen, a.k.a. My Country Tis of Thee over here)

 

wheel

whale

 

 

wheelbarrow

whalebarra

Mah pet pave is paypul who stay lane by pushin whalebarras around in their front yord. Ahd get a favor and turn grain if Ah did that.

 

people

paypul

 

 

lean

lane

 

 

heat

hate

 

 

feet

fate

 

 

mean

main

 

 

freeze

phrase

 

 

peeve

pave

 

 

green

grain

 

 

fever

favor

 

long e to short e

 

 

Billy-Bob grew larry when a fline beayer bottle necked his air.

 

fear

fair

 

 

beer

bear, beayer

 

 

leary

larry

 

 

ear

air

 

 

nick

neck

 

short e to short a

 

 

That young feller can barley retain his composure when viewin lags of members of the opposite sachs.

 

legs

lags

 

 

sex

sachs

 

 

barely

barley

 

short e to short u

 

 

Lack any red-blooded Murkin, Ah kissed my girl out thur on the tearse.

 

terrace

tearse

 

 

there

thur

 

 

where

whirr

 

 

American

Murkin, also Markin

 

long i to (ah)

 

 

In a blond rage at the tom, Representative Joe Wilson called President Obama a lahr, rot thur on the floor of Congress.

 

Ah get tarred of pullin yall over to the sod of the road for goin 100 molls per are, like thurs a house afar summers.

 

I

Ah

 

 

liar

lahr

 

 

right

rot, riot

 

 

blind

blond

 

 

liked

lacked

 

 

pride

prod

 

 

fire

far

 

 

tired

tarred

 

 

smile

small

 

 

time

tom

 

 

white

watt

 

 

hired

hard

 

 

eyes

ahs

 

 

wire

wahr

 

 

style

stall

 

 

mile

moll

 

 

side

sod

 

 

campfire

camphor

 

 

bye

bah

 

short i to short e

 

 

I gave the bottle of hair wrench to hem,seyense he was begger than may.

 

him

hem

 

 

since

sense, seyense

 

 

bigger

begger

 

s to ch

 

 

 

 

rinse

wrench

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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