Editor’s Scratchpad

By Richard Halloran

Friday, March 23, 2001

Texan is a
second language

Since President Bush has brought many Texans into his administration, we may need a guide to their colloquialisms. Here's a sample from the Internet:

>> The engine's runnin' but ain't nobody drivin'. (Not intelligent)

>> Tighter than the bark on a tree. (Not generous)

>> Big hat, no cattle. (All talk, no action)

>> We've howdied but we ain't shook yet. (We've met but not been formally introduced.)

>> He thinks the sun come up just to hear him crow. (He has a high opinion of himself.)

>> It's so dry the trees are bribin' the dogs. (We need rain.)

>> Just because a chicken has wings don't mean it can fly. (Appearances can be deceptive.)

>> This ain't my first rodeo. (I've been around a while.)

>> They ate supper before they said grace. (Living in sin)

Richard Halloran

Richard Halloran is Editorial section editor.
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