Texas Slang

When visiting a foreign country, it's always helpful to know the slang expressions of their residents. To that end, we have compiled some phrases you might hear when you visit this great State of Texas.

The engine's runnin' but ain't nobody driving
Trranslation: Not overly-intelligent


He ain't the sharpest knife in the drawer.
Translation: Not a very smart person

As welcome as a skunk at a lawn party


Tighter than bark on a tree
Translation: Not very generous


She'd skin a louse for the hide and tallow.
Translation: Very stingy person

Big hat, no cattle
Translation: All talk and no action

We've howdied but we ain't shook yet
Translation: We've made a brief acquaintance, but not been formally introduced

He thinks the sun come up just to hear him crow
Translation: He has a pretty high opinion of himself

She's got tongue enough for 10 rows of teeth
Translation: That woman can talk

It's so dry the trees are bribin' the dogs
Translation: We really could use a little rain around here

Just because a chicken has wings doesn't mean it can fly
Translation: Appearances can be deceptive.

This ain't my first rodeo
Translation: I've been around awhile

He looks like the dog's been keepin' him under the porch
Translation: Living in sin

Time to paint your butt white and run with the antelope
Translation: Stop arguing and do as you're told

As full of wind as a corn-eating horse
Translation: Rather prone to boasting

You can put your boots in the oven, but that don't make em biscuits
Translation: You can say whatever you want about something, but that doesn't change what it is

That's a fur piece.
Translation: It'll take you awhile to get there

Don't worry 'bout the mule son, just load the wagon
Translation: just do your part and I'll do mine

Don't call him a cowboy, till you've seen him ride
Translation: Don't judge a book by its cover

She's been rode hard and put away wet
Translation: refers to an unnattractive, hard-looking woman

Toad choker
Translation: a heavy rain

Frog strangler
Translation: also a heavy rain

Finer than frog hair
Translation: use anywhere you might use the word "fine"

Rarer than hen's teeth
Translation: pretty darn rare

Translation: to spill, as in "I jes' tumped over mah beer"

Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Sprite, Mountain Dew, Big Red, etc.


Translation: Have you had lunch or dinner yet.


Wanna' share a little doo-doo?
Translation: Share a Babe Ruth candy bar with a friend.


You'r not a bad looking fence post.
Translation: Nice looking lady.


I'd rather be stomping yellow jackets!
Translation: Doing something you really dislike doing!


Well, bite my butt and call me a biscuit!
translation:  I am so surprised!


I been tryin to put socks on a rooster all day!
Translation: You have had a hard troublesome day.