I've moved a lot in my life, mainly within the United States, except for several years in Canada. It seems like every time I get settled in a new place I have to learn a new language. As much as we often tend to talk like TV newscasters--that "neutral" or midwestern-ish accent--there are still lots of regional variations, thank goodness. Long may they continue!
Different accents are fairly easy to get your ear tuned to, especially when you are surrounded by a particular regional one. Think of a southern drawl, or a Boston "pahk the cah" kind of accent. It may be puzzling or even a little jarring at first, but you will eventually make the adjustment. For instance, when I lived in British Columbia, I was able to work out the word "Chewsday" from its context--as in, "I'll see you next Chewsday (Tuesday)." Believe me, the British Columbians were onto me right away. I would get just a couple of words out before they would nod and say knowingly, "So, you're a Yank, eh?"
But every region still has a number of sayings or expressions that you might not hear elsewhere. West Texas (and let me tell you, the plains of eastern New Mexico are considered a part of West Texas) has plenty of exceptionally delightful ones. I've been making a little collection, which I present to you here. Definitions are at the bottom of the page. A few of them might sound familiar, especially as our former President lived in West Texas.
2. Out of pocket
3. Looks like she's been rode hard and put up wet
4. Gully washer
5. Root hog, or die!
7. This ain't my first rodeo
8. It's so dry the trees are bribin' the dogs
9. All hat and no cattle
10. They ate supper before they said grace
11. They're splittin' the sheets
12. We've howdied but we ain't shook yet
13. You can put your boots in the oven but that don't make them biscuits
1. Whopper-jawed: Crooked--or cattywampus, in some sections of the country
2. Out of pocket: Absent, can't be found--Keys, for instance, can be out of pocket (not necessarily lost, just not immediately findable); although I've heard a person say they've been "out of pocket" after a short absence
3. Looks like she's been rode hard and put up wet: This might describe a haggard-looking female
4. Gully washer: Hard rain
5. Root hog, or die!: Do it yourself, no one else is gonna
6. Djeetyet?: Did you eat yet?
7. This ain't my first rodeo: I've been around a while
8. It's so dry the trees are bribin' the dogs: We could really use some rain
9. All hat and no cattle: All talk and no action
10. They ate supper before they said grace: They are living in sin
11. They're splittin' the sheets: They are getting a divorce
12. We've howdied but we ain't shook yet: We've met briefly but haven't been formally introduced
13. You can put your boots in the oven but that don't make them biscuits: You can say whatever you want about something but that doesn't change what it is