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3 Texas Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

By Williams & Brown LLP on April 1, 2014

Texas Personal InjuryTexans are commonly misunderstood by people who don’t live in the Lone Star State. There are plenty of misconceptions, stereotypes, myths – call it what you will – surrounding Texans, thanks to the movies and television shows that popularize images of Texans. Not all Texans holster six-shooters and wear cowboy hats and boots.

Like any other state, the people in Texas have various personalities, occupations, and hobbies. So, if you’re an outsider, please regard each Texan as an individual and flush the following stereotypes and myths from your mind.

All Texans are Cowboys

Texas is a big state and its expansive territory houses many cattle ranches that are a staple of our state’s economy. However, that doesn’t mean everyone in the whole state is in the employ of the beef industry. Far from it, actually, large tech companies, such as Dell Computers and AT&T, call Texas home. Cities like Austin and Houston have established “metro” scenes with artists, chefs, musicians, and other people in creative fields. Texas is full of bright and entrepreneurial innovators, in addition to our hard working cattle ranchers and farmers.

All Texans Have Southern Accents

Not everyone in Texas has the signature Bush-style southern drawl. Sure, you’ll most definitely hear it in the more rural areas of the state, but go into the city, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a bunch of people who retain the accent. It’s because accents are based in demographics rather than geographic locations, and the metropolitan neighborhoods in Texas are quite diverse in terms of age and ethnicity.

All Texans are Rough and Stoic

Quite the contrary, most Texans are incredibly amiable, even towards strangers. Wait in a line in a Texas grocery store and we’re bound to strike up a conversation with you. Texans are courteous and will treat you with respect. You may even call such politeness excessive since Texans are particularly profuse with their “ma’am’s”, “sirs” “pleases” and “thank yous.”

The attorneys at Williams & Brown LLP encourage you to come visit, and see for yourself what Texans are really like.

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