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Apr 27 2011

More Words Learned in Texas

Part of the weird TAKS schedule means that as we’re rotating through the freshman class, the math department gets to eat lunch in the classrooms with the kids. Today, the kids in room 603 and I had a discussion about slang and what words they say that I don’t know  (and also how long the human tongue is, the mechanism of swallowing, and great choking stories). It reminded me that I should update my list of “New Words Learned in Texas.”

Nahmean, exp: “Do you know what I mean?”  Ex: “Dey messy, nahmean?”

Cut, v: usu ‘cut on’ To poke fun at someone using a very particular cadence and tone. (Sounds a bit like taunting and a bit like an auctioneer) Ex: “all we do in that class is sit in the back and cut,” “Y’all fidda cut on me?” Examples of cutting: “Pinto Bean Head-Ass-Nigga!” “Hypotenuuuse-head-ass” “Sleepin’ in claaass-head!”

Bookoo, adj: Big, or a lot.  Ex:   “I have these shoes that come up to here on me. When I lived in New York, we’d get, like, bookoo snow.”

Fidda, v, adv?: Fit to, Fittin’ to, Fixin’ to, preparing to, or should`. Ex: “I’m fidda walk right out this class.” “I’m irritated–fidda knock some desk over right now.”

Edge-up, n: Hairline.   Ex:  “Oooh, fix his edge-up! Looks like a box!”

3 Responses

  1. Ms. D

    Hahahahaha this is AWESOME. :)

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