People do not talk Texan enough anymore. Gone is the popularity of the traditional Texan “Howdy” and “Ya’ll.”
That is the conclusion of a University of Texas researcher who said, 30 years ago about 80% of all Texas residents had a strong Texan Twang. However, nowadays most native Texans do not demonstrate a heavy Texas accent at all.
The reasons are predictable—immigration and urbanization being the main culprits. The shift away from the traditional Texas drawl is seen more in Texans who are under 25 or who live in the city.
The good news is that according to research, we Texans have not completely abandoned our Texas Twang. Instead, the researchers found we just use it more selectively. We pull out the slow southern speech when we want to build report’, be extra-friendly, or when we are addressing the elderly with a well-placed “Yes ma’am or No ma’am.” (which by the way, is not all bad)
Some people have a southern accent, some a northern. Some have loud voices, whereas, some are soft-spoken. Some people speak a lot, and some use their words sparingly. Words and speech differentiate drastically; however, the Bible is clear on the effects of our language when it says, “Gracious Words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” It does not matter if your words have the slow southern drawl or the northern enunciation, as you encounter folks today make sure your words are gracious, sweet and healthy to those who hear.
Ya’ll have a Blessed Day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D