Texas Sayings Interpretation Guide

He’s on a first-name basis with the bottom of the deck.

There are a lot of nooses in his family tree.

So crooked that if he swallowed a nail he’d spit up a corkscrew.

So crooked you can’t tell from his tracks if he’s coming or going.

He knows more ways to take your money than a roomful of lawyers.

Crooked as a dog’s hind leg.

Crooked as the Brazos.

Slicker than a slop jar.

More twists than a pretzel factory.

Crooked as a barrel of fish hooks.

So crooked he has to unscrew his britches at night.

She’s more slippery than a pocketful of pudding.

He’s slicker than a boiled onion.

I wouldn’t trust him any farther than I can throw him.


She could start a fight in an empty house.

He’d argue with a wooden Indian.

She raised hell and stuck a chunk under it.

He’s the only hell his mama ever raised.

He’s got his tail up.

She’s in a horn-tossing mood.

She’s so contrary she floats up-stream.

She’s dancing in the hog trough.

He’ll tell you how the cow ate the cabbage.


He’s got a big hole in his screen door.

She’s one bubble off plumb.

She’s one brick shy of a load.

She’s two sandwiches short of a picnic.

He’s a few pickles short of a barrel.

There’s a light or two burned out on his string.

He’s missing a few buttons off his shirt.

The porch light’s on but no one’s home.

He’s lost his vertical hold.

He’s overdrawn at the memory bank.

I hear you clucking, but I can’t find your nest.

She’s got too many cobwebs in the attic.

Crazy as a bullbat.


This is hog-killing weather.

There’s only a strand of barbed wire between here and there, and it’s down (after a blizzard).

Cold as a well-digger’s knee.

Cold as a frosted frog.

Cold as an ex-wife’s heart.

Cold as a cast-iron commode.

Cold as a banker’s heart.

Cold as hell with the furnace out.



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Raised in San Antonio, Jack Dennis’ early experiences were as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. With a Texas State University bachelor’s degree, Jack studied journalism, education and psychology. He was the founding vice-president of Sigma Delta Chi, the Association of Professional Journalists at the University. Jack has received numerous awards, including Investigative Reporter of the Year from Rocky Mountain Press Association, David Ashworth Community Award, and Leadership in Management.
Some of the people and groups Jack has interviewed include:
Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, George Strait, Roy Orbison, Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler, Freddie Mercury, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Steve Wariner, Tanya Tucker, Scotty Moore, Fats Domino, Patty Page, Tommy Roe, Emmy Lou Harris, Johnny Rivers, Charly McClain, Kinky Friedman, John McFee, Guy Allison & Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) , Randy Bachman (BTO), Jim Messina, Todd Rundgren, Alvin Lee, Gary Puckett, The Ventures, Freddy Cannon, Augie Meyer, Christopher Cross, Whiskey Myers, Sha Na Na (John “Bowzer” Baumann), Flash Cadillac, Jerry Scheff, John Wilkinson, Darrell McCall, and more.
Politicians & News
George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Greg Abbott, Rudolph Giuliani, Larry King, Jack Anderson, Tom Bradley, Connie Mack, and more.
Clint Eastwood, Mike Myers, Taylor Lautner, Cameron Diaz, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Selena Gomez, Tippi Hedren, James Earl Jones, James Woods, Jim Nabors, Martha Raye, Rosalind Russell, June Lockhart, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Howie Mandel, Meg Ryan, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, James Drury, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Alan Thicke, Lou Diamond Phillips, Clint Howard, Tony Sirico, Cesar Romero, Michael Berryman, Tracy Scoggins, William Windom, Warren Stevens and more.
Space Explorers
Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Wally Schirra, Dave Scott, Gene Cernan, Walt Cunningham, Scott Carpenter, Gene Kranz (NASA Flight Director), Ed Mitchell, Richard Gordon, Bruce McCandless, Vanentina Treshkova (first woman in space, Russia), Alex Leonov (first man to walk in space, Russian), Al Worden, Dee O’Hara (nurse to astronauts) and more.
Sports: Joe Torre, Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes, Billie Jean King, Manuela Maleeva, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, George Gervin, Tony Parker, Shannon Miller, Cathy Rigby, Bruce Bowen, Wade Boggs, Fernando Valenzuela, Bernie Kosar, Dale Murphy, Jim Abbott, Dick Bartell, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pastorini and more.
May Pang, Bob Eubanks, Vernon Presley, Vester Presley, Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito, Rick Stanley (Elvis’ step-brother, Harold Lloyd (Elvis’ first cousin), Doyle Brunson, Kara Peller, Hank Meijer, Norman Brinkler, Stanley Marcus, Jerry King, Mac King, Nathan Burton, Zach Anner, Louie Anderson, Owen Benjamin, Steve Byrne and more.

As head of Facilities for a major retailer (H-E-B Food/Drugs) for 20 years, Jack co-founded Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) and was elected President to establish PRSM magazine. Jack is a writer, speaker, golf-concierge and happiness coach. He has researched and studied happiness for over 40 years.
Jack was a prolific writer for Examiner.com, with over 1,900 articles written in six years. His articles and stories have appeared in AXS Entertainment, The ROWDY Country Music, Memphis Flash, and numerous magazines.

He is author of “Miracles of Justice,” a true courtroom drama novel about social injustice and miracles.

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