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The White House did not just get a new team, but a whole new language.
George W. Bush brought with him many friends from Texas, and for anyone not born in the Lone Star State, this Texan accent and the cowboy colloquialisms can seem a bit strange.

Here is a guide to a few of the more colorful expressions you may encounter:
Popular Quotes   Popular Definitions

"The engine's runnin' but ain't nobody driving"
... Not overly intelligent.

"As welcome as a skunk at a lawn party"
... (self-explanatory).

"Tighter than bark on a tree"
... Not very generous.

"Big hat, no cattle"
... All talk and no action.

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

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

"She's got tongue enough for ten rows of teeth"
... That woman can talk.

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

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

"This ain't my first rodeo"
... I've been around awhile.

"He looks like the dog's been keepin' him under the porch"
... Not the most handsome of men.

"They ate supper before they said grace"
... Living in sin.

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

"As full of wind as a corn-eating horse"
... prone to boasting.

"You can put your boots in the oven, but that doesn't make them biscuits"
... You can say whatever you want about something, but that doesn't change what it is.


Critics: "If they talk nice about ya, how come you gotta call them critics?"

Expatriate: Fancy word for homesick - the kind you get when they make you trade in your Texas license plates.

Culinary: As close as we can figure, this is what we in Austin would call "cooking."

"To be won over merely requires a sample of..." : In Austin, you'd say, "just try....."

Whimsical: They musta been talking about the 10 foot tin lizard in our Alexandria place.

Smithsonian: Big Old Museum. They've got two of everything that's ever been made and one of everything that hasn't.

"Does their oil reach all the way to the dipstick?" : Are these folks a little nuts or what?

Can't-See-No-More: Sunset

We're all ears : We're interested.

Choke Rag : Necktie

Simple As a Round Rock: Really, Really Simple

Skunk Egg: Onion

Conceited as a barbershop cat: Any cat that lives where humans give off more hair than it does is gonna develop one hell of an attitute.

Drain Your Potatoes: Inspect the timber, make water

Ankle Express: On foot

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