25 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In Texas

It’s like a different country.

1. “Summer”

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What it means everywhere else: A time for vacation, road trips, and fun in the sun.

What in means in Texas: Hell on Earth where the temperatures rarely dip below 100 degrees.

2. “Winter”

What it means everywhere else: The colder months of the year.

What it means in Texas: The few short weeks when 40- to 50-degree temperatures send the locals into a deep freeze.

3. “W”

What it means everywhere else: The 23rd letter in the alphabet.

What it means in Texas: The homebred 43rd president of the United States, George W. Bush.

4. “Rain”

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What it means everywhere else: Periodic precipitation that varies in intensity.

What it means in Texas: The five times a year the storm of the century rolls through and floods everything.

5. “Packing”

What it means everywhere else: Putting stuff away in preparation of a move.

What it means in Texas: How much firepower you’re carrying.

6. “Tea”

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What it means everywhere else: A flavored soothing drink usually served warm.

What it means in Texas: A cold homemade refreshment that is equal parts sugar, liquid, and deliciousness.

7. “Dove”

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What it means everywhere else: A common bird that symbolizes peace.

What it means in Texas: Prime game for hunting. “If it flies, it dies!”

8. “George Strait”

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What it means everywhere else: A notable country singer.

What it means in Texas: One of the greatest musicians of our time.

9. “Loop”

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What it means everywhere else: An efficient means to navigate busy highways.

What it means in Texas: A stop-and-go, soul-sucking death trap that you try to avoid at all costs.

10. “Personal Vehicle”

What it means everywhere else: A wheeled means of transportation.

What it means in Texas: Using whatever means necessary to go somewhere.

11. “Football”

What it means everywhere else: A popular American team sport.

What it means in Texas: Religion.

12. “Cowboy Boots”

What it means everywhere else: A quirky fashion accessory.

What it means in Texas: A common staple of Texan attire.

13. “Weatherman”

What it means everywhere else: A newscaster who accurately predicts the weather.

What it means in Texas: Someone who is not to be trusted.

14. “Austin”

What it means everywhere else: The capital of Texas.

What it means in Texas: A completely different planet.

15. “Mexican Food”

What it means everywhere else: Cuisine from the interior of Mexico.

What it means in Texas: Fajitas, chips and queso, enchiladas, and all things Tex-Mex.

16. “Kicker”

What it means everywhere else: The player that kicks goals in football or soccer.

What it means in Texas: The ideal music to two-step to.

17. “Truck”

What it means everywhere else: A machine used for hauling heavy loads.

What it means in Texas: Every other vehicle on the road.

18. “Oil”

What it means everywhere else: A common source of energy.

What it means in Texas: Black gold, and good work if you can get it.

19. “Fast Food”

What it means everywhere else: Fast, affordable eats.

What it means in Texas: Whataburger and nothing else.

20. “BBQ”

What it means everywhere else: Backyard grilling with friends and family.

What it means in Texas: The 10 hours it takes you to properly smoke a brisket.

21. “Wildlife”

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What it means everywhere else: Squirrels and deer.

What it means in Texas: Armadillos, hogs, gators, raccoons, and everything in between.

22. “Oven”

What it means everywhere else: A kitchen appliance used for baking.

What it means in Texas: The inside of everyone’s vehicle during summer.

23. “Coke”

What it means everywhere else: An abbreviation of Coca-Cola.

What it means in Texas: Any carbonated drink with sugar.

24. “Snow”

What it means everywhere else: White powder falling from the sky during winter.

What it means in Texas: When an inch of ice forms on the ground once or twice a year and the entire state literally has to shut down.

25. “Lone Star State”

What it means everywhere else: A place full of rodeos, boots, horses, and cowboys.

What it means in Texas: Home, and the only place that matters.

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