Stories From Texas

Mispronunciating in Texas

Mispronunciating in Texas

Mispronunciating in Texas I saw a list not long ago of the 100 most commonly mispronounced words in America.   I wondered what would be the most commonly mispronounced, or should I say, mispronunciated words in Texas. For me, at the top of the list would be Bob Wire and Chester Drawers.  I was about 18 years old before I realized that  these were actually Barbed Wire and Chest of Drawers.  As a ki... »

Texas’ Crazy Constitution

Texas’ Crazy Constitution

Texas’ Crazy Constitution If you want to hold public office in Texas, you have to believe in God. You cannot serve even as dog catcher, if it’s an elected office, unless you believe in God. Given the long history we have had of con artists, and scofflaws, carpetbaggers, and white-collar criminals holding public office around the state, this may seem hard to believe. But it is right there in the Te... »

Spanish For Gringos

Spanish For Gringos I suppose the first Spanish word I ever heard was gringo. The second word I heard was pinche, which preceded gringo. I wasn’t offended. I was told they were complimenting my frugality. Later I found out that pinche had a deeper, more complex  meaning and so I was doubly complemented. On some occasions when I heard gringo it was followed by colorful streams of invective, magical... »

Defining a Texan

Defining a Texan

Defining a Texan: Not long ago, I met an old rodeo Cowboy in George West.  We were discussing how you know if someone’s a real Texan. He said, “Well, I think all you gotta do is ask a few questions.” Intrigued, I asked, “Like what kind of questions?” “Well,” he said, “like this: You ever seen the big Texas sun rise up over the oil derricks of the Gulf, and turn em to gold, and found that beautiful... »

Falfurrrias Butter

Falfurrrias Butter

Texas has a great number of Texas brands. Southwest  Airlines. Texas Instruments. Lone Star Beer Dell Computer. Imperial Sugar The King Ranch. Now there’s  a brand that came, quite literally, from a brand.  And the King Ranch even has its own brand of Ford Pickup. The King Ranch helped launch another old texas brand, Falfurrias Butter. It is a little circuitous, but this is how it all came about. ... »

Dr Pepper

Dr Pepper

Dr. Pepper: My favorite summertime snack as a teenager was a Dr. Pepper with salty peanuts. You remember. You pour the peanuts into the Dr. Pepper and let them float around and season the drink.  Didn’t get much better than that. Dr. Pepper is the oldest soft drink in America.  Older than Coca-Cola, in fact, by a full year. It was created in 1885 by a pharmacist, Charles Alderton, in Waco, Texas. ... »

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