Are we losing our "Texas Twang?" Is the Texas dialect dying out? Dag namit Texans are "hootin' and hollarin'" and wantin' some protection!

While many people across America still use phrases such as these, and speak in their region’s own dialect, recent studies have found that, as America becomes more diverse, regional accents are dying out! Just a few years ago, the British government acted to protect Welsh by making it an official language, preserving its use. Should the same happen across America?

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Writing Tips Institute sought to answer this question, and polled 3,000 respondents to determine how many people in each state would support similar laws to protect their state’s dialect. After all, there is something comforting and familiar about local and regional phrases and sayings; particularly if you’ve been away and return to visit family and friends.

So how did Texans vote? It turns out that 64% would like the Texas dialect to be protected by law. Residents here do not want phrases such as 'It’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick' (acceptable), ‘He’s all hat and no cattle’ (boastful), or 'So crooked that if he swallowed a nail he’d spit up a corkscrew' (dishonest) to disappear from the local lexicon.  

Writing Tips Institute also created an online quiz so you can test your own knowledge of local dialects... and commented on the issue...

"Preserving local dialects is important not just for linguistic diversity, but for cultural preservation as well. Each state's dialect is a reflection of its history, community, and identity. By valuing and protecting these linguistic variations, we are also valuing and protecting the diversity of perspectives and experiences that make our country so unique” says Shaun Connell, Founder & CEO of Writing Tips Institute.

Yeehaw! Let's keep it Texan ya'll!

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