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Quiz about Colorful Sayings in Texas
Quiz about Colorful Sayings in Texas

Colorful Sayings in Texas Trivia Quiz


Test your knowledge of these colorful sayings that you might hear from the mouth of a Texan.

A multiple-choice quiz by skylarb. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
skylarb
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
405,827
Updated
Mar 03 24
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
6 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. If it's a particularly warm day, a Texan might say it's hotter than a fur coat in what town? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. If someone is dishonest, a Texan might say he's as crooked as what river? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. You may have heard the phrase "he's all bark and no bite." A Texan, however, might say he's "all hat and no" what? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. If a Texan tells you it's "hog-killing weather," what sort of weather is it? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. If someone "knows more ways to take your money than a roomful of lawyers," he's probably slicker than what? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. If a man would "charge hell with a bucket of ice water," what is he? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. If a woman is argumentative, "she could start a fight" where? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. If a man is "first cousin to Moses Rose," what is he? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. If "there's no slack in her rope," what is she? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. One way to indicate just how broke a Texan family is would be to say they're "so poor their Sunday supper is" what? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. If it's a particularly warm day, a Texan might say it's hotter than a fur coat in what town?

Answer: Marfa

Marfa, Texas is a city in the high desert, where temperatures can reach record highs of 106 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, so one would not want to be caught wearing a fur coat there.

"It's hotter than blue blazes" is another saying you might hear in Texas and throughout the South. It originally referred to the flames of Hell.

"It's hotter than a stolen tamale" is another phrase to describe hot weather. It makes a play on two different uses of the word hot (spicy and stolen). Tamales are a popular food item in Texas.
2. If someone is dishonest, a Texan might say he's as crooked as what river?

Answer: the Brazos

The Río de los Brazos de Dios (Spanish for "The River of the Arms of God"), or the Brazos for short, flows 1,280 miles from New Mexico, through Texas, to the Gulf of Mexico. The river marks the boundary between East and West Texas. It's been said that Brazos River is so crooked that in Palo Pinto County in Texas, it crosses itself twice.
3. You may have heard the phrase "he's all bark and no bite." A Texan, however, might say he's "all hat and no" what?

Answer: cattle

"All hat and no cattle," like "all bark and no bite" is a way of referring to someone who makes a lot of vain boasts but doesn't follow through. No substance lies behind his or her words. An alternative version of this saying is "big hat, no cattle." Someone who wears a big cowboy hat but has no actual cattle of his own is putting on an empty show.

It's not surprising this saying might be popular in Texas, given that it is the U.S. state with the most cattle. The 45th Governor of Texas, Ann Richards, famously used the phrase "all hat and no cattle" to describe President George W. Bush.
4. If a Texan tells you it's "hog-killing weather," what sort of weather is it?

Answer: cold

Hog-killing weather is used to described sharp and persistently cold weather. It arises from the practice of killing and hanging hogs, which is best done in cold weather to preserve the meat. Another similar phrase is "It's cold enough to hang meat." The prevalence of wild hogs may be why this saying worked its way into the Texas lexicon. As of 2021, there was an estimated population of over 1.5 million feral hogs in Texas.
5. If someone "knows more ways to take your money than a roomful of lawyers," he's probably slicker than what?

Answer: a slop jar

To say someone is "slicker than a slop jar" is to say he is dishonest. A slop jar is a pail used as a chamber pot when it is difficult to find a toilet.

Two of these other choices also indicate dishonesty, but with a comparison to crookedness, not slickness: "Crooked as a dog's hind leg" and "Crooked as a barrel of fish hooks."
6. If a man would "charge hell with a bucket of ice water," what is he?

Answer: brave

A Texan might also say that "he'd shoot craps with the devil himself" to indicate bravery. Or, a man might be described as "double backboned." He could also be "brave as the first man to eat an oyster."
7. If a woman is argumentative, "she could start a fight" where?

Answer: in an empty house

Another way to say someone is argumentative is to say that "she's dancing in a hog trough" (not starting a fight there). If she's hanging out "in the shadow of her mama's apron," that means she's shy. It might be said of an argumentative or angry man that "he's got his tail up" or "he's the only hell his mama ever raised."
8. If a man is "first cousin to Moses Rose," what is he?

Answer: timid

Texas legend says Louis "Moses" Rose was the only man to leave the Alamo when it was besieged in 1836 instead of staying to fight. Thus, to be cousin to (or like) such a man is to be timid yourself.

A timid or cowardly man might also be described as "yellow as mustard but without the bite." And if "he was melted down, he couldn't be poured into a fight." A timid man also "wouldn't bite a biscuit."
9. If "there's no slack in her rope," what is she?

Answer: capable

In order to lasso an animal, once the rope is around the target, it's necessary to quickly reach out and tighten up any slack in the rope. To say "there's no slack in her rope" is to suggest she's a capable woman who succeeds in accomplishing her goals - like a cowgirl who has managed to snare her target.

Another idiom that express competency is "She's a right smart windmill fixer." One might also say, "This ain't her first rodeo."
10. One way to indicate just how broke a Texan family is would be to say they're "so poor their Sunday supper is" what?

Answer: fried water

Texans are known for their love of fried food. The State Fair of Texas has boasted a wide variety of deep fried delicacies, from peaches, chicken, Twinkies, and Oreos to okra, ice cream, and butter on a stick. Chef Mark Zable actually introduced deep fried beer to the Texas State Fair in 2010 and won that year's Most Creative award.

In 2006, it was fried Coke. Still, you'd have to be pretty poor to have only water to fry! At least, that's the joke. But in 2016, YouTuber Jonathan Marcus demonstrated a way to deep fry water using a chemical compound called calcium alginate.
Source: Author skylarb

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