7 episodes

Talk Like a Texan – Host John Nova Lomax delves into the quirks and idiosyncrasies of the Texas lexicon.

Talk Like a Texan Texas Monthly

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    • 4.3 • 94 Ratings

Talk Like a Texan – Host John Nova Lomax delves into the quirks and idiosyncrasies of the Texas lexicon.

    New From Texas Monthly: America’s Girls

    New From Texas Monthly: America’s Girls

    The original Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders squad burst onto the field back in 1972—the same year Title IX passed, the same year Deep Throat came out, and a year before Roe v. Wade. Sarah Hepola digs into the untold stories behind the global pop culture phenomenon, from the stripper who allegedly inspired the squad’s creation, to a scandalous Playboy cover shoot that was partly a battle over fair wages, to the ongoing debate about sexuality and women’s bodies in a post-#MeToo world. The result is a vibrant mix of history, cultural criticism, and storytelling, featuring interviews with New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino, award-winning novelist Ben Fountain, Oscar-nominated director Dana Adam Shapiro, local television sports legend Dale Hansen, folk-writing hero Joe Nick Patoski, and a whole bunch of cheerleaders whose names you don’t know yet—but should.

    • 3 min
    This One's For All Y'all

    This One's For All Y'all

    John Nova Lomax discusses the proper usages of Y'all with UT Associate Professor of English and Linguistics Lars Hinrichs.

    • 21 min
    Talk Like a Texan: Let's Chaw the Rag

    Talk Like a Texan: Let's Chaw the Rag

    Howdy, y'all, why don't you put on your sitting britches, and let's chaw the rag, as this episode of Talk Like a Texan is all about our pithy and colorful sayings

    • 36 min
    Manchaca or Manshack?

    Manchaca or Manshack?

    John Nova Lomax explores the sometimes messy but always rewarding collision of Spanish and English in the Lone Star State.

    • 23 min
    What Do You Call Your Grandparents?

    What Do You Call Your Grandparents?

    What do you call your grandparents? Granny and grandpa? Mammaw and Pappaw? Abuelo and abuela? Or something else entirely? It seems like there are as many variations on this theme as there are yoga studios in Austin, and we talked to experts and rank and file Texans alike in an effort to reach a broad consensus.

    • 14 min
    Byway of the Highway

    Byway of the Highway

    What do you call that little road next to the great big freeway?

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
94 Ratings

94 Ratings

CamilleFromTexas ,

Really enjoyed episode 1

It’s pecan, and I laughed out loud at “pee-can sounds like something you take on a long roadtrip”!

BNBK46 ,

What Do You Call Your Grandparents

I had to chuckle at this episode!

Just before our first grandchild was born, our son asked his dad “ What grandparent name do you want to be called?” My husband responded fairly quickly “I don’t care. They can call me ‘Old Fart’ for all I care”. My husband was disappointed because had wanted to be called Pappa but that name had already been claimed by the other grandfather-to-be

Our son thought about it for a while & then announced that he had come up with a suggestion. “ I think your grandfather name should be ‘Olfa’, he said (combination of first 2 letters of Old Fart). That sounded like a good alternative so Olfa was agreed upon

Since “Olfa” had a somewhat German sound to it & my husband had lived in Germany for about 4 years in the late 1950’s while his dad was stationed overseas with the Air Force, we came up with the idea that my grandmother name should sound German. The named decided upon was “Oma”, which is the actual German word for grandmother

So, here we were about to become Olfa & Oma. We love our grandparent names & everyone in the family agrees that we ended up with the very best names after all!

We have 2 grandchildren, one granddaughter & one grandson, both of whom are about to graduate for UT Austin. Over the years, we have traveled extensively with our grandchildren, starting when they were just 5 & 3 years old. We have a motorhome & have taken them all over the country; sometimes they have been with us for weeks at a time. We have done other trips as well, both with just the grandkids but with their parents as well. We wouldn’t take anything for the trips that we have enjoyed together

Once our granddaughter called when she was in middle school. She called to thank us for taking them so many places. A discussion in one of her classes that day had revealed that many of her classmates had not even been out of Austin, many had not been out of Texas. It opened her eyes to the advantage of travel that she & her brother had been given & experiences they had. Of course, our son & daughter-in-law have taken the kids on great trips, too, but we feel we have made a contribution their lives that will never be forgotten

In fact, our granddaughter will soon be starting her first full time job so she is collecting her own camping equipment so she can explore & camp whenever she can or gets the notion. It is rewarding to know that a tradition has been handed down.

It won’t surprise me if, one day when the time is right, our son decides to claim “Olfa” as his grandfather name, starting a new tradition. Who knows, maybe Olfa & Oma will live on in some ways!

Derweissehai ,

Loved the Grandparents Episode.

Mine are no longer with me. But growing up my entire life until they left this earth. They were called Papa and Granny. They wouldn’t answer to anything else from me since I was the only grandchild. Sure do miss them!

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