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Talking in Texan, Lesson Two

So I hope that y'all have been practicing your new Texan vocabulary. Now that we have muhskeetas under our belts, let's learn some compound words.

mamanim: (noun, plural and/or singular) mom and them, as in your mother, or sometimes used to refer to one's entire family

Contextual Example:
Nephew: Uncle Ricky, can I have a coke?
Uncle: I don't know Brady, you better ask your mamanim.
Nephew: She said yes.
Uncle: Alright, what kahnyouwont (kind you want)?

Charmin', idn't** it?

**idn't: (contraction) meaning "is not", pronounced "idnt," soft on the d, and dropping the t. Sorry folks, stay with me. We have entered some complex, muhskeeta-filled dialectical territory here.

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Anonymous Dad, Pawpaw, Poppy & hey you said...

While my daughter is educating each and every person roun this har werld and having some fun doing it, the reallllly fun part is she understands every word and having been raised in this har hicky part of the werld, she even falls into many of our colloquillisms. I can't have spelled that right. I hain't got no ideer how to spell it.

4/19/2007 6:09 AM

Blogger Giulia said...

I absolutely love this "language!"
So much, that I will not make a fool of myself trying to write something. I'll wait for a few more lessons before I even have a crack at it! ;)

4/19/2007 8:11 AM

Blogger chris & erin said...

haha! This reminds me of a book I have called "We Don't Tawuk Funny...Yew All Lissen Funny!" : a guide to really understanding the south!

Excerpt: FOURED: (part of face between eyebrows and hairline)
usage: "yew can tell if yew got a favor by fillin' yore foured."

4/19/2007 8:30 AM

Blogger Delina said...

I'm trying...Still need a bit more practice though until I sound like a true Texan.

4/19/2007 2:37 PM

Blogger nikinpos said...

I can only talk like Tracie in my heyad! Tra- you'll be happy to know Poppy is picking up the English slang just fine. She says 'wot' instead of 'pardon' and 'oy' instead of 'hey'.

4/20/2007 4:40 AM

Anonymous franca said...

Tracie, I'm sure you will miss hearing the Texan dialect once you go back to Ischia. When do you go back, by the way?

4/20/2007 2:26 PM

Blogger Tracie B. said...

franca--may 9th...so soon!

4/21/2007 1:16 AM

Blogger nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

I have lost all the "texan" I picked up when I lived there.

I am trying not to like, pick up the So. Cal way of speaking but like, dude, it's like hard ya know?

I do not like being referred to as "dude". Hello, I am a grown ass woman. :)

4/21/2007 8:28 AM

Blogger Texas Espresso said...

You go gurl! educate the masses!

4/21/2007 9:21 AM

Blogger Sandi said...

Well, my husband was from Missouri and they also used "and them" (or a "anim") almost everytime they mentioned anyone! It took me awhile to realize that there really WASN'T a crowd - just one or two people.

4/21/2007 10:52 AM

Blogger Cherrye said...

Cute, Tracy!! I didn't have one problem with it. Dallas and Beaumont "dialects" must be the same! :-)

Oh, and Sandi, I've been known to say "ya'll" to one other person...

4/22/2007 7:02 PM

Blogger KC said...

I have family in Texas and that's exactly how they talk!

4/26/2007 1:34 AM

Anonymous mela said...

Great stuff!
have you considered adding audio? It'd be nice to have a nice "listen and repeat" section...

7/09/2007 6:23 AM


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