Y'all in 1800s; Line in the Sand; Cheeks A-Flexin'

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Sat Dec 30 18:04:58 UTC 2006

I'm at a "Y'all" loss because OED won't revise this entry for about another
decade, and DARE and HDAS aren't there yet, either. I wrote a "Y'all" entry
for  y'all to see, tracing "y'all" to (among other cites) a Texas novel in 1856.
 Also, I've included "Howdy, y'all!" and "Y'all come back!"
LINE IN THE SAND (continued)
Today's Austin American-Statesman is really overdoing it for today's Alamo
Bowl between Texas and Iowa. The cover of the Sports Extra section reads:
"Horns  draw line in the sand." There's a letter from William Barret Travis,
followed by  a letter from Texas Head Coach WIlliam Mack Brown:
"I am besieged, by 13,000 or more Iowans under Kirk Ferentz--I have
sustained continual Bombardment and Second Guessing since the Battle of  Manhattan
(Kansas State--ed.)--The opponent has demanded surrender--I have  answered the
demand with Smokey the Cannon & our flag still waves proudly--I  shall never
surrender or retreat or even punt--Victory or Defeat."
("Victory or Death" would have been a bit much--ed.)
CHEEKS-A-FLEXIN' (continued)
A bit more.

Thursday, November 09, 2006
Bumper Sticker You'll Never See

Whilst visiting one of the restrooms in my liberal  community of Boulder the
following was scribed on the wall of said  enclosure:

Here I sit cheeks a flexin...
Giving birth to another Texan.

Followed by:

Here I sit squeezing my tush...
Sending a message to Cheney and  Bush.

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