Slow-talking Texans.

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    Feb 10, 2008 10:34 PM GMT
    So, I went on a date tonight with a guy who's from Texas and living and working in the London.

    We got on well but he talks really... really slowly. At first I just thought he was a bit, you know, retarded, but then I realised actually he's from Texas. Is that what they're all like?
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    Feb 10, 2008 10:41 PM GMT
    Unfortunately he wasn't wearing a stetson. He was very tall though and had big hands.
  • Timbales

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    Feb 10, 2008 10:41 PM GMT
    Sometimes a 'southern' accent does make a guy talk slower. There's a salesmen at my company from South Carolina who has a voice like warm honey.
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    Feb 10, 2008 10:50 PM GMT
    Hmmmm ... Should... I... be... offended....??? Nah icon_smile.gif ... Maybe... he... Just... thought... You... were... the... retarded... One... and... needed... to... talk...real..... sloooow..... for... ya'll icon_lol.gif
  • ShawnTX

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    Feb 10, 2008 11:35 PM GMT
    If it bothers you that much you can always give him my number. Mmmmm...
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    Feb 11, 2008 1:17 AM GMT
    I lived in Texas for 5 years. Originally from Ohio. Yeah, they all talk slow. Every time I went back to Ohio it was like a vacation just being able to talk fast again.

    It has nothing to do with intelligence. It's a cultural thing. In Houston where I lived, people who talked fast were considered extremely rude.
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    Feb 11, 2008 4:25 AM GMT
    I met one in NYC. But I think he's from TX. He talked slow but kinda sexy.
    What I can't stand is those who take looonnngggggg break between sentences that I mistakenly interrupt him over and over again thinking he's done. Eventually I just give up talking to people like that.
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    Feb 11, 2008 4:36 AM GMT
    There is actually a wide range of southern accents. There are also common expressions and words you will hear from southern (I guess this includes Texas and other areas) people. The speed in which "southerners" speak varies.
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    Feb 11, 2008 4:49 AM GMT
    I moved to Dallas in 1995. I had to train myself to speak more slowly because they would all miss it. This is, after all, a Red State.

    Folks from West Texas speak very slowly. They talk about going to the THEE-ATE-HER, and their awl(oil) money.
  • a2507

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    Feb 11, 2008 4:55 AM GMT
    Hey red, don't you English have your own cultural assumptions about how people speak and their intelligence and education? Perhaps that if you sound like you're from the East End or the North, you're unsophisticated or poorly educated but if you speak BBC standard, you're automatically brilliant?

    The States have a variety of speaking styles and some Southerners, Texans being a subset thereof (having been a nation before they became a state), do speak slowly. And while there are plenty of stupid Texans (I've always thought our president well represented this class), many aren't and not all speak slowly. Some even speak decent French.

    Not trying to be hostile but don't underestimate Southerners, we only just barely lost that war (as wrong as it was).

  • Starboard

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    Feb 11, 2008 5:14 AM GMT
    After living in Texas for the past 2 years, I have not been able to figure out how the drawl works...there are native Texans without any kind of local inflection, and then there are transplants (like Bush) who sound like they just stepped out of a John Wayne movie.
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    Feb 11, 2008 5:31 AM GMT
    Southern Accents: A lot of truckers are from down south, so I have been exposed to a variety of southern accents.
    I think it's in Tennessee where they sometimes trail off the end of the sentence, as if they don't even have to complete the sentence, which makes my eyeballs almost pop out.
    One time in Mississippi I paid a shop bill, spun on my heel to leave, but turned back around when he said "come back". When I turned back, he was already walking away. I later on decided that "come back" was short for "y'all come back now".
    Up in Virginia I've been told "I'm fixin tah do it, right quick".
    In North Carolina, when buying a can of soda at a truck stop and saying nothing, I was told at the end of the transaction, "Come back and see us again".
    One time I was discussing armadillos with a colorful Texas lady cashier, who told me, "armadillos aren't cute. They're varments! They dig up the foundation of the house. If I see one, I get my gun and shoot it."
    By the way, the old saying among truckers is "the only thing in Texas is steers and queers". I think the saying came from the past, where there might have been more cruising of truckers at Texas rest stops, as compared to other states.
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    Feb 11, 2008 5:35 AM GMT
    ActiveAndFit saidThere is actually a wide range of southern accents. There are also common expressions and words you will hear from southern (I guess this includes Texas and other areas) people. The speed in which "southerners" speak varies.


    True. Virginia alone has at least six different accents that I could discern after living there for some years. And the backwoods North Carolina accent is spoken very quickly. They also drop their "r"s in the middle of words, which makes it sound harsh. So "North Carolina" comes out as "Noth Ca'olina", with a slight glottal stop at the apostrophe. Kind of how Jesse Helms spoke.
  • justjk

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    Feb 11, 2008 5:37 AM GMT
    Why yes sir we are, we take our time and get er done!!!!! And i'm betting when you spoke he just smiled and nodded alot! we have to use closed captioning to watch Ab Fab!!!!
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    Feb 11, 2008 5:47 AM GMT
    justjk saidWhy yes sir we are, we take our time and get er done!!!!! And i'm betting when you spoke he just smiled and nodded alot! we have to use closed captioning to watch Ab Fab!!!!


    ROFL...I could translate for you. icon_wink.gif
  • justjk

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    Feb 11, 2008 5:49 AM GMT
    i could use it!!! it takes me hours just to get the jokes! we do LOTS of things slowly!!!
  • atxclimber

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    Feb 11, 2008 5:53 AM GMT
    I wish Texas were only steers and queers. Sadly it's not the case.

    Although I laughed (after I recovered) the first time I heard a friend of mine who's both gay and a native Texan refer to the cattle-catcher grates on the front of some pickup trucks as "queer catchers."

    He said it totally nonchalantly, and when I reacted in total horror he blushed. Apparently he'd heard it so much casually that he didn't even think about it anymore.

    Anyway, yes, there are as many accents in the South as there are styles of barbeque, maybe more.

    I have a friend from New Jersey who lives here in Austin and routinely gets panicked reactions to natives who hear her talk (if you can call it that) for the first time. Mile a minute, those Jersey folks.
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    Feb 11, 2008 5:54 AM GMT
    justjk saidwe do LOTS of things slowly!!!


    I'll let my imagination run wild on that one.
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    Feb 11, 2008 6:24 AM GMT
    It's not Texan, but it sure is funny.

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    Feb 11, 2008 6:27 AM GMT
    It Joisee...silly.
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    Feb 11, 2008 6:38 AM GMT
    I might catch some flack from the republicans amongst us, but if you ever heard Ann Richards speak you would have no doubt that a thick Texan accent and razor-sharp wit can be match made in heaven.

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    Feb 11, 2008 6:41 AM GMT
    riptjock saidI lived in Texas for 5 years. Originally from Ohio. Yeah, they all talk slow. Every time I went back to Ohio it was like a vacation just being able to talk fast again.

    It has nothing to do with intelligence. It's a cultural thing. In Houston where I lived, people who talked fast were considered extremely rude.


    I have absolutely no clue what you are talking about. I was born and raised in Houston, and I most definitely do not have a southern accent. The Texans with deep southern accents aren't really from the Houston area. Plus Houston has a high population of blacks, Asians, and Hispanics, and I'm pretty positive they don't have a slow, southern draw. If you go further west or north to the less populated regions, then that's where you'll hear more accents.
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    Feb 11, 2008 6:58 AM GMT
    Some guys just talk slowly.

    The majority of Texans I know talk soooo fast. One lovely couple I know talk OVER each other, answer each others' points and jump threads without breathing. It's the cutest thing.

    And don't get two girls together. OMG, none of them inhale.
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    Feb 11, 2008 7:13 AM GMT
    RBY71 saidIt's not Texan, but it sure is funny.

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    Georgia?
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    Feb 11, 2008 7:18 AM GMT
    Massachusetts isn't exactly one of the bigger states but we have three different accents depending on where your at. Western mass= no accent
    Worcester= semi accent i can't describe
    and of course the bostonian accent.
    Doesn't seem to matter where i go though because if i am there longer than a week I begin to sound like the general population in the area. Should've heard me after my return to the states from Costa Rica. One of my peurtorican friends with a thick accent thought i was making fun of how he talked.icon_lol.gif