Texification (Texify)

Barry Popik bapopik at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 6 20:14:19 UTC 2007

O.T.: So I get up this morning, put on my shoes to get the Austin
American-Statesman newspaper, take the blue plastic newspaper bag inside the
house, take off the bag, and it's a New York Times...
Will OED, HDAS, DARE have Texification/Texify? The former sounds like
"toxification" and the latter sounds like "testify"... "Californication" is
a big issue in Austin.

 Entry from September 06, 2007
Texification (Texify)

"Texification" is the Texas answer, perhaps, to the the word
"Californication." When George W. Bush became president, several people
commented that the United States was becoming "Texified" (or, without the
capitalization, "texified"). "Texification" and "Texify" have been in
popular use since the 2000 election, although "Texify" is first cited from
1989 and "Texification" from 1993.

10 January 1989, San Jose (CA) *Mercury News*, Letters, pg. 1B:
...some were from New Jersey and Texas, where they know about oil, and they
said, "don't let them New Jersify or Texify the California coast."

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From: g... at fig.citib.com (Greg Parkinson)
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 1993 13:48:31 GMT
Local: Fri, Oct 8 1993 9:48 am
Subject: Texas Cowboy term help needed

As the texification of Citibank's technology continues, we here in NYC are
attempting to learn as much as we can about the natives, their culture, and
the festive and colorful vocabulary they sport.

21 December 1994, San Jose (CA) *Mercury News*, pg. 9B:
The "Texification" of the National GOP is extraordinary. In the Senate, the
new power behind the throne is Texas Sen. Phil Gramm, a former economics ...

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From: NOSPAMckgow... at uts.cc.utexas.edu.REMOVEFORMAIL (Craig K. Gowens)
Date: 1998/12/12
Subject: Re: Augie (was Re: composite bats--what the hell are they?

*His* California style could use some Texification and I'm more worried
about his ability to recruit in the southwest than the south. If Cal State
Austin is going to turn things around, we have to get the recruits in our
own state(s) first.

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From: ri... at is.rice.edu (Rick Russell)
Date: 1999/04/16
Subject: Re: "Best Cheese Steaks"

I don't know if they are "authentic", but the Texadelphia sandwich shop in
the Rice Village serves a nice cheesesteak sandwich. They will optionally
"Texify" it with jalapen~os, onions, etc.

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January 25, 2001 - VOL. 28, NO. 01
*The Texification of a nation:*
*Inauguration of 43rd president provides national stage for University of
Texas Longhorn Band, Bevo and outgoing UT System Regent Chairman Don Evans*

7 February 2001, Milwaukee (WI) *Journal Sentinel*, "Tex Mix: stars from the
Lone Star State" by Joanne Weintraub, pg. 1:
>From chili cook-offs and cowboy boots to LBJ and the Bush boys, the
Texification of America just won't quit.

1 April 2002, *Architectural Review*, pg. 30:
Livingstone is keen to encourage tall buildings almost anywhere in a most
ill judged attempt to make the city seem up-to-date—London may have
influenced Dallas and Houston, but the mother of the modern city must
remember its European origins and resist Texification by generating a
proper, compact, high rise CBD like those of Sydney or Manhattan to the east
of St Paul's.

21 December 2002, *The Economist*, "The future is - Texas," pg. 61:
If you want to see where America is heading, start by studying Texas .
There is much to disapprove of in all this. But before writing off the
Texification of America, it is worth reflecting on a few of the state's more
appealing qualities.

17 July 2006, *U.S. News & World Report*, "Edging to the Right" by Michael
Barone, pg. 49:
Some years ago, I predicted that NAFTA would produce a Texafication of North

Washington Monthly<http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2006_12/010320.php>
December 1, 2006
TEXIFICATION....Via Jonathan Singer, the Economist's Lexington notes a
delicious irony. A few short years ago it was the Democratic Party that was
supposedly in danger of shrinking into a merely regional party, but today
it's the GOP that looks to be headed for that fate:
Kevin Phillips calls this the "Texification" of the Republican Party, and I
actually prefer that term.

Saturday, January 13, 2007
*I do say "y'all" it is official*
I think this is step one in the Texification process. I can't help myself
anymore. It is a useful word. For a while I lied to myself and others of my
yankee friends who noticed that it had slipped into my common usage. "I
didn't say 'y'all' I said 'you-all' which is totally different."

I say y'all, and I'll keep saying it no matter what you do. But does this
mean that I'm like Madonna when she married someone from the UK and then
adopted a British accent? What if I promise to never say "yee-haw"? Will
that satisfy y'all??

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