In Reply to: Texas Sayings posted by ESC on June 09, 2009 at 13:10:
: : : Found this Texas Monthly article while looking for something else. http://www.texasmonthly.com/ranch/sayings/index.php Some are familiar to me from my West Virginia childhood. Same gene pool.
: : Most of those are new to me - but then, I've never been to Texas.
: Lots of my people came through West Virginia and Kentucky and then went on to Texas. There are probably PhD candidates out there using common sayings to track migratory patterns. I've ordered both of the Anne Dingus books. Of course. Ms. Dingus has: He couldn't pour rain out of a boot with a hole in the toe and directions on the heel. W.Va. version: He couldn't pour piss out of a boot with directions on the bottom.
Almost all of them are new to me and I've lived in TX for 27 years. Most of the ones I do know seem "foreign", e.g. I know "meaner than a junkyard dog" from Philadelphia-born Jim Croce's "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" about a man from Chicago.