It’s no secret that when it comes to state pride, Texans boast, well, a Texas-sized portion. But that also means Texans have a tendency to become irritated when any non-Texans (especially those fast-talking Northerners) have the wrong impression of their glorious state. For instance, the days of riding horses to school are long gone (for the most part), our landscape is not a desolate wasteland of tumbleweeds and cacti, and not every Texan you meet will know how to two-step. Chances are, if you bring up any of those topics in the company of a Texan, you’re bound to touch a nerve.
With all the misconceptions floating around about the Lone Star State, the tales about Texas can stretch to be about as tall as a 10-gallon cowboy hat. In an effort to set y’all straight, we’ve compiled some of the questions and phrases that you shouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole when you’re in the company of a Texan.
“You do know you’re not actually the biggest state, right?”