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By Hillary Juster, NewsCastic

We know what you’re thinking: DFW doesn’t have an accent. We live in an urban center, not on a cattle ranch (most of us anyway). Though we may use y’all, that’s it!

Well, we’ve got some news for ya. Almost everyone that’s been (bin) raised in Dallas Ft. Worth really (rilly) say some of these things a little different (lil diff’ren).

We’re pretty sure (sher), though, you’ll find you say most of these or (er) know someone who says the rest.

We’ll Start Y’all Off Easy

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We know that everyone from Dallas Ft. Worth says y’all. What you may not realize is that we also say, “all y’all,” whenever we’re talking about a group.

We even say, “y’all’s,” as in, “Are y’all going to take y’all’s car?”

We know all y’all use y’all this way. Fess up!


Pronounced KAY-so. Others may refer to it as nacho cheese, cheese dip, queso dip, or chili con queso but they’re wrong. We invented Tex-Mex in Texas, so we have the right to call it queso.

We’ve also heard a rumor that some yankees may prefer hot queso with cold chips in restaurants. Lord have mercy! Bless their hearts.

Technically queso just means cheese in Spanish, but really queso means delicious hot golden cheese dip in Texas.


We don’t know about y’all, but we’ll probably always pronounce it Waterburger. How do other people even say it?

Have you ever noticed, though, that we really just like to add er into everything?

Other examples:



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Say these out loud with us:


Can y’all hear the difference? Cuz to us they sound mostly the same.


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Speaking of fun with vowels, say the word windshield out loud. We hear wenshell.

Some other words like this:




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Other words that sound the same out of our mouths are tired and tarred.

And we say,

And some of y’all even say, “sall,” (rhymes with y’all) for saw! I sall y’all at the mall.

Don’t Bust Your Head Open!

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We didn’t even realize some of these were regional at first. They’re not folksy sayings exactly but out-of-towners don’t always know what we mean when we use them.

Bust your head open = hit your head hard

Roly poly- = that little gray scaled bug that rolls up into a ball when you touch it

Hissy fit = tantrum

Do what now? = pardon me?

Can I have a coke? = Can I have a soda?

Kit and caboodle = all of something, like the whole kit and caboodle

Catty corner = diagonally across, as in I parked catty corner from the store

Bless your heart = poor thing or sweet thing

Fixins = condiments for burgers, potatoes, or hot dogs

Fixin to = gonna

Up and at em = what you say to kids in the morning to wake them up, like rise and shine

Sir and Ma’am

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When we interact on the phone or at the grocery store with a friendly stranger we try and remember to sir and ma’am.

Why? Because our parents raised us to show respect and be polite! Thank you very much, sir. You’re welcome, miss.

Where Did You Go to School?

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What people really wanna know when they first meet you in Dallas is if you’re from here. The second question is, “Where did you go to school?”

We never believed our parents when they said that where we went to high school would matter. It sure does in Dallas!

THANKSgiving in NEW Haven

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When it comes to putting the emphasis out there, we DFW-dwellers like to go for it on the first syllable.



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CREAM cheese

But, No No, You’re Probly Diffren

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Ok, maybe you think those other ones don’t apply but you def’nitely do some of these next DFW quirks. Apparently here in Dallas we don’t like consonants or syllables too much cuz we drop them all over the place. To start with, never end an ing word with the g sound. We’re talkin about conservin our precious mouth energy here, people!

Other examples:
Probably = prolly or probly

Mayonnaise = man’aze

Different = diffren

Granted = granite

Caramel = carmel

Kitten = ki’en

Sitting = si’en

Going to = gonna

Want to = wanna

Crayon = crown

Vowel = vowl

Oil = ole

Old = ole