Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Texas Sayings

Since the Great Texas Flag debate got me going the other day, I thought I'd mention a couple of Texas sayings that really drive me bonkers. Being from the South, I'm okay with the use of "fixin' to" and other typical Southern phrases which I may have been known to use myself, some of which are terribly incorrect. I am perfectly aware that it is incorrect to say "used to could", but it's just so much easier than saying "I used to be able to". SO. While I say things that are probably annoying to Texans, these things bother me:

1. Biggo. I think I've mentioned this one before, but it bears repeating. Biggo is used as an adjective, as in: "Wow! That's a biggo Texas flag!" In my experience, we've always called that "big 'ol", but here it's simpler. Just biggo.

2. Get a holt of. Whether it be the dog's collar, a friend on the phone, or or a child's neck, it seems that someone around me is always trying to get a holt of something or someone. As in: "Here's my business card. You can get a holt of me anytime, day or night." It just kind of makes me feel itchy when people say it. Kind of like when people at home say warsh instead of wash.

3. Whenever. This one is definitely my biggest pet peeve because I don't understand the usage. There are correct ways to use this word, but the context in which it always stands out to me here is generally incorrect. I'm not sure how to explain it, so here are some samples:
"Whenever I was in high school, I got good grades."
"Whenever I was at the grocery store yesterday, I saw Mike and Patty."
"Whenever I went to L.A. last year with Susan, we went to Mann's Theater."
Now, I would use the word "when" in these sentences, as to me "whenever" implies more than one time or frequent times. Here, it seems to be used interchangably and generally more than the word "when". I find it all very confusing. If anyone has any insight, please explain.

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