Texans love a lot of things: from Friday night football to Saturday night tacos served from a truck, we have a long list of things that make us truly Texan. But there are few things Texans love more than showing off their love for our great state, so here’s our guide to help you achieve the ultimate show of Texas pride.
Learn the Lingo
To make it in Texas—or at least fake it like an Oklahoman—there’s a lot more to know than just “y’all.” Texas has its own glossary of terms, and knowing the lingo is the fastest way to get in good with the natives. If you’re new here or just visiting, this quick Texas language primer will help you make sense of this big, bustling state.
- Fixin’ to: Advance notice of intent to complete a particular action or duty. For example: “I’m fixin’ to put the brisket on the smoker, y’all.”
- I’ll have a coke: Warning! This does not mean what you think it means. “Coke” in Texas is catch-all term for any sugary soft drink. Besides, everyone knows that the official soft drink of Texas is Dr. Pepper.
- Fat and sassy: When your belly is full and you’re overcome with the joy of living another day in the greatest state in the union, you’re considered fat and sassy.
- Ain’t my first rodeo: When you know your way around a particular scenario and you don’t need instructions, feel free to proudly proclaim that this ain’t your first rodeo.
Know the Tastes Of Texas
Of the many reasons why Texans love Texas is the food found across the many different regions of our state. From perfect 2AM tacos and creamy queso to the best barbecue in the country, Texas has a lot to offer when your stomach starts making demands. Other Texas favorites include chicken fried steak, chili (never with beans), classic Tex-Mex cheese enchiladas, fried okra and pies of the pecan and buttermilk (also called chess) variety.
Texas is also a frontrunner in the craft beer industry, with dozens of impressive award-winning breweries found right here in the DFW area. For a truly Texan experience, grab a Texas-themed wine tumbler or etched glass to fill with your favorite craft brew—or better yet, a frozen margarita.
Fly The Flag
There are a lot of theories about the Lone Star State and the flag that flies over it. Some believe the red, white and blue symbolize a healthy respect for the American flag, while the Lone Star represents independence and the fierce battles it took to achieve it. Others theorize that the single star represents the leadership that led us to that independence.
Either way, the Texas flag and the iconic shape of the very state we love so much are beloved symbols that can be found all over the shelves and hangers of SampleHouse. From bags and flags to mini marquee lights and pillows, stop by any of our SampleHouse locations for everything you need to celebrate our favorite place on Earth!