Hello! I've been missing you!
I was born in Arkansas and lived there until was 11(?).
Then I lived in Oklahoma for 31 years, followed by 6 years in Kansas City, and now 10 years in Michigan.
I'm having a lot of fun, talking really fast, or I am really mad, you
can tell I'm from somewhere south of the Mason Dixon Line.
At least I think the Mason Dixon Line.
I don't actually know where the Mason Dixon Line is.
thing I know from living in the south and southwest during my tender
years, is that people of the south and southwest have accents.
But not all the same accent.
in Michigan have accents. As do people in Kansas, Missouri, New York,
Massachusetts, California, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia,
Illinois . . .
Perhaps you get my point.
There are some things I know.
People tend to think if you have a southern accent you are not as smart as those without a southern accent.
My Michigan friend told me this.
People paint a VERY broad stroke when they talk about southern accents.
When Hollywood tries to emulate southern accents (all 135 of them) they almost always get it wrong.
I know this because I go to the movies.
Did you ever see the movie Twister?
Man oh man, did they get that Oklahoma accent wrong! Wow!
They pretty much always get Oklahoma accents wrong.
Or maybe they don't.
Oklahoma, and most other states, there tends to be a big difference in
the accents of those that live in the bigger cities and those that live
in smaller towns.
I hear most movie people talk in movies depicting Oklahoma I find
myself thinking, "I've never known anyone that talks like that!"
But the weird thing is that now that there is reality TV, I have the same problem.
I still have "never known anyone that talks like that."
But these people - with these accents - are real.
(does anyone remember the Survivor contestant that called America "mare-cuh"?
Maybe I don't know them but someone does.
I know this because I've been binge watching Texas Flip n Move on the DIY Network.
Have you seen this show?
not listed on the DIY network homepage as one of their 'Hot Network
Shows' or 'Fan Favorites'. And the stars aren't part of the 'Featured
DIY Network Stars' section.
But when I started hearing the commercials for this show I had to find out what it was all about!
opening of the show starts out like this - "Down in Ft Worth, Texas
there's a housing boom" - and ends like this - "It's flippin' and
movin', Texas style."
So just what IS flippin' and movin' Texas style?
one sentence it means you go to one of the little towns outside of the
Dallas/Ft Worth area and buy one of the itty-bitty houses that are up
for auction, pick it up and move it (by, coincidentally, your family who
owns a house moving company) to a big lot full of other itty-bity moved
homes, remodel it, stage it, and then put it up for auction for someone
to buy and then move wherever they want to use it.
How about that for a sentence?
the original sellers of the house are selling it so the buyer will
remove it from the property. Then they can build a new giant Texas
sized house. It saves them thousands in demolition costs and they get
anywhere from $100 to a few thousand dollars to boot.
Let me introduce you to the stars of the show.
there's Randy - The Lone Wolf. A big chested, brown overall wearin',
late middle-aged guy, with a fluffy Fu Manchu mustache and a heart big
as Dallas. Rumor has it he has 44 grandchildren. 44!!!!
Then there's The Snow Sisters. Two hard-working, middle-aged Texas chicks without a fru-fru bone in their bodies. Think anti-Junk Gypsies.
last, The Young Guns. A couple with bling. Think Vanilla Ice for him and blonde,
tan, makeup, and heels for her. He has a BIG mouth. Most of the trash
talk on this show comes from him.
show takes you from the auction where the dwellings are purchased
through the remodel, the staging, and finally, the auction where they
are sold to a thrilled buyer - for anywhere from $20,000 to $55,000,
depending on the house and the audience.
of the small houses are purchased as guest houses, hunting cabins, or
lake escapes. Sometimes a young couple is buying the house to be their family home on
property they already own.
In addition to traditional houses I've seen them do shipping containers, old school annex buildings, a silo, and even a boat.
Anyway, the whole point of this is THESE PEOPLE HAVE TEXAS ACCENTS!
And they are REAL!
question that remains for me is regarding the colloquialisms that are
part of the narration, and less often, the conversation on the show.
I find myself thinking once again, can this be REAL????
only real colloquialism that I grew up around was 'well bless her
haaart'. Younger (than me) people mostly use this in jest, and sometimes
as an passive-aggressive way to judge or criticize someone. Perhaps
because I was young and didn't get the joke as a child, I always thought
this was what you said when you really empathized with someone. Like
when a stranger's child has a melt-down in the Walmart and has to take
him/her to the restroom for an attitude adjustment and gets all
flustered and has a little melt-down of her own. That's when you murmur
to yourself, "well bless her heart."
I was in college I had a roommate that said "she was on it like a rat
on a cheeto!!!" in her very best exaggerated Oklahoma accent. That
always made people laugh out loud. Many years later, I still find myself
saying that one.
my kids were young we had a neighbor who used colloquialisms like
"fuller than an old dog tick" and "stick a fork in me (cuz I'm done)."
Again, these were done with an exaggerated accent.
As a joke.
serve to illicit images in your mind that make you smile. Or even
laugh. I can't hear or even think about these sayings without laughing
on the inside just a little - or a lot.
I have mixed emotions when I hear the never-heard-before colloquialisms
used on this show. They make me laugh. But then I think "aren't they a
I wrote some of them down.
must read aloud. In your best Texas accent. With many, many exclamation
marks. Never should a 'hard g' be heard. (Puttin', panelin',
movin') Say the words in italics louder, with emphasis.
"Busier than a hound dog in flea season"
"Disapperin' faster than a sneeze through a screen door"
"Madder than spit on a grill"
"This (smell) is enough to knock a vulture off
a gut wagon" (I've never even heard of a gut wagon. Do you think it
might be the truck that goes around and cleans dead animals off the
of the Snow sisters is quite the spitfire. She say's things like, "he
needs to build a bridge and get over himself!" and "you need to put the shut in his up!." But I don't really consider these colloquialisms.
seems like the most recent episodes of the show have less exaggerated
"Texasness" than the earlier episodes (or maybe I'm just getting
used to it). It makes me wonder if viewers from Texas called in a said
"I've never even known anyone that says that stuff!"
I encourage you to get fascinated with Texas Move n Flip like I am. It's the anti-Fixer Upper. (I do LOVE me some Fixer Upper, by the way.)
Do you, or people you know talk like this?
Do you or people you know use colloquialisms?
Tell me what they are!
So I can smile, and laugh on the inside.