Texas etiquette is about as important as anything in the world. Naturally, there are exceptions but chances
are, these people weren't born and raised in Texas!!
· Men will always tip his hat or touch
two fingers to the brim when he meets a lady on the street.
· No Texan will ever make fun of another
Texan's hat no matter how dirty or bent up it is.
· Children are taught to say "Ma'am" and
"Sir" to anyone older and are generally corrected if they have a moment of brain freeze. This habit continues well into adulthood.
· Texans mostly respect other driver's
need to hurry, even if they don't feel the need to be, and will most likely pull onto the shoulder of a two-lane road so they
can pass. But, we do expect a wave of the hand to say "thank you" as you zoom by!
· You best not go over a rancher's fence
without his permission no matter how many points that buck has. This is considered trespassing and property lines are just
not violated in Texas. If you decide to take your chances, then be prepared to explain in the emergency room how you got buckshot
in your rear. Of course they will probably know anyway. Oh yeah, and don't forget about those Texas bulls who may decide you
just shouldn't be there either!
· There are certain rules to carrying
on a conversation with a Texan that are just plain good manners. You never discuss anything, especially business, without
first asking about the family, how they've been feeling and what they think about the weather. Yankees seem to get impatient
with these preliminaries but this is just the way it is.
· John Wayne, may he rest in peace, rarely
removed his hat in the movies when he entered a house or a cafe. If ladies are present, it is a must that the hat be removed.
And a lady is lady until she proves differently.
· Texans always compliment a good cook
by asking for "seconds" or the very least, the recipe.
· A Texan always knows when to back down
when something from another state is better. For instance, a Texan knows that the best and hottest hot sauce comes from our
cousin state of Louisiana!
· A Texan will always honk his horn when
he's leaving someone's house and then always calls to let them know they made it home safely.
· Lastly, the most important
mannerly act taught to young Texans is to never ask a man where he's from. If he's from Texas, he'll tell you. If he isn't,
don't embarrass him!