From Univer­sity of Texas: With its sprawling pastures, gleaming skylines and rugged hills, the Lone Star State looms large in Amer­ican culture. Just the word Texas evokes images of rootin’ tootin’ cowboys in 10-gallon hats shouting “howdy y’all!” Venture into a honky tonk or a rural Texas town, and you’re likely to find more slow-talking cowpokes than you can shake a stick at. Yet researchers at The Univer­sity of Texas at Austin have found Texanisms like “might could” and “down yonder” are dissi­pating, espe­cially among young city slickers. · Go to Do you speak Texan? →