Random Texas sign: "Dang good candy"

I spent the last few days in Texas. I didn't take this photograph, but I wish I had. Thanks for snapping it and sharing it, Chris aka @blueneurosis (whose Flickr stream is here).


  1. For years, heading up to Wisconsin from Chicago (off the interstate) we’d pass one of the million or so cheese shops that dot the border. The sign looked just like your find but it read


    The whole car would loudly shout the sign. It marked our 1/3 of the way point on family vacations.

  2. A friend of mine actually owns this store. It is a fantastic place located in Chillicothe, Texas. A really cool story about how they got started in the pecan/candy business can be found on their website. If you are between Dallas and Amarillo on 287, it’s a must stop for all your Texas needs! :-) http://valleypecans.com/

  3. Minimalist graphic design! Only


    in a perfect 4×4 grid Would have been more perfect.

      1. Actually, it’s spelled ‘y’all.’ I was born & raised in Houston, Texas.

        And here is a pronunciation guide:

        BEXAR County is ‘Bear’ County;

        SAN ANTONIO is ‘San Ann tone’;

        REFUGIO is ‘Re fury o’;

        In Houston, KUYKENDAHL St. is ‘Kirk en doll.’

        Not that it matters.

          1. Because the brokers thought up SoHo in the first place and we all know they’re all a pack of idiots.

        1. Actually, it’s spelled ‘y’all.’ I was born & raised in Houston, Texas.

          And here is a pronunciation guide:

          BEXAR County is ‘Bear’ County;

          SAN ANTONIO is ‘San Ann tone’;

          REFUGIO is ‘Re fury o’;

          In Houston, KUYKENDAHL St. is ‘Kirk en doll.’

          Not that it matters.

          And also:
          BUDA is ‘bud-duh’
          MONTAGUE is ‘mon-tayg’
          ITALY is ‘it-lee’
          CELINA is ‘suh-lye-nuh’
          LLANO is ‘lan-no’
          SEGUIN is ‘suh-geen’
          EDINBURG is ‘eden-burg’
          HARLINGEN is ‘har-len-jin’
          IRAAN is ‘ira-ann’

          Lord only knows how many more I’ve forgotten or never had the misfortune to utter aloud in front of my native-Texan wife.

          1. actually Buda is BYOO-duh
            It’s a game we Texans play called “spot the yankee”. Here’s some more for y’all to brush up on if yer fixin’ to come visit.

            Guadalupe = GWAH-duh-loop
            Manchaca = MAN-shack
            Burnet = BURN-it
            Manor = MAY – ner
            Mueller = Miller
            Gruene = green

            Y’all’re welcome

      2. Not being from the south and not using the phrase I have no dog in this fight, but it’s more common to see “y’all” than “ya’ll” (just check Google).

        Makes sense since it’s a contraction of “you all.”

        The Wikipedia entry for it even brings up this point.

        1. In Georgia I’ve only had one argument over the spelling. “Ya’ll” was outvoted 3 to 1 in favor of “y’all.” The guy in favor of “ya’ll” was the only one not from the south. I can’t remember why the subject came up among a bunch of engineers and lab techs. Hopefully they weren’t going to put “y’all” in a report.


    I always look for this one on my way down to Dallas for A-Kon.

    I should get a snap of it next year.

    I do have a wonderful photograph stowed away somewhere…

    “Re-Elect Sheriff Jack Daniels” got that one in Coffeyville Kansas. I really need to locate and post it.

  5. I saw a driver’s license owned by a guy who lived on Stateline Road on the Oregon/California border. His valid street address was Third House on the Right, Stateline Road, OR.

  6. Here in NYC I always run into signs in stores that basically say: WE HAVE [THING]. Such as WE HAVE EGGS!, WE HAVE BREAD! or WE HAVE MILK!

    Never GOOD or DANG GOOD just WE HAVE!

  7. Well, I still say the most unusual sign I’ve ever seen was outside of Leakey, TX.





    1. I see your sno cone and raise you a roadside filling station on the edge of the pine jungle in the Florida panhandle:


      I’m not sure if one was supposed to enjoy the confections before or after baiting the hooks, but is also totally wasn’t unusual to walk into a gas station and find one of those floor-freezers open to the air and filled, not with TV dinners, but crickets.

  8. San Antonio is not always “San-Antone” It is also “San Anto” (Preferably followed by “Holmes”) and Texas is not a part of the South. It is Texas.

  9. On one of the roads from Chicago to Milwaukee is (or was) a filling station which, in the store half where one might normally expect chips and coffee, old furniture and such. The sign outside proclaimed:


    And, in an unremembered location along Rt 1 in California, there is the more notable (and decidedly less appetizing):


  10. It’s definitely y’all.

    And I was born and raised in “the south,” and Texas is definitely its own thing! Though we do have some things in common.

    Even their biscuits are not like ours!

    1. Yeah Texas has so much metropolitan to it amidst vast space, and it acts as a sort of gateway (or in between world) to the west. Indeed west Texas *is* the west in many respects. Texas is also just too big to generalize in any way. People who try and generalize or assume things about Texas are usually subject to their own illusions due to not spending any good amount of time here.

      Another interesting element is the Texas triangle megapolis, which separates itself from other regions.

      I love that page… It’s a way of thinking of regions and cultural gravity without state borders.

      – Lived in Houston most of my life.

      1. Interesting that Houston is the only city to appear in two Megalopolii. Yet another reason for us Texans to brag

  11. My favorite alternate pronunciations involve moving the accents to different syllables, as in “po-lice” and “in-surance.” I also used to love it when one of my old friends would say “sigh-reen” for “siren.”

      1. Absolutely! I also just remember how my grandma Juanita used to pronounce her favorite drink, Coca-Cola: ko-KO-luh!

        1. “Remembered,” that is. Why does my typing go to Hell when I do this from work? Is it because work is Hell? Or maybe my keyboard is from Hell.

  12. @Felton, my recently departed dear ol’ Dad used to say I-talians, but pronounced Italy normally.

    My brothers say “How do?” instead of “Howdy”(“how do ye do”

    The use of the phrase “Fixin’ to” (in lieu of ‘going to’) usually marks someone as a Texan.

    Y’all gotta remember though, Texas has at least 4 to 5 different regional accents within its borders. Most people think of the hard West Texas twang instead of an East Texas drawl.

    1. “How do?”

      lol, that’s the pronunciation in certain parts of the UK. Off the top of my head I can’t place it, but the accent in my mind is perhaps Yorkshire, or maybe rural Manchester?

      Someone may correct me.

      Incidentally if you have no audio reference they would sound completely different – it’s the vast difference and specificness of this phrase that make this fact amusing to me.

    2. Y’all gotta remember though, Texas has at least 4 to 5 different regional accents within its borders. Most people think of the hard West Texas twang instead of an East Texas drawl.

      True. It’s too huge not to have that kind of variety, I’d say. The first time I drove east-to-west through Texas, by the time I got to El Paso I though “damn, am I really still in the same state?”

  13. In Minnesota and similar areas around the Great Lakes, bait shops PROUDLY advertise their


    OK, if you’re from there, the first word, a type of pan fish, is pronounced Crop-ee. If you’re not from there, the pronunciation is different until you learn better…

  14. But seeing this picture makes me want fried catfish (even though that’s not strictly a Texas thing).

    And for the record I believe “ya’ll” would be more correctly a contraction of “you will”. E.g. : “Ya’ll regret pickin’ that thing up.”

    1. But, in the local parlance, it could just as easily be “You all regret pickin’ that thing up”

      I’m going to quote some sources of “y’all,” those that believe it to be “ya’ll” can do the same and we’ll see whose sources are more widely accepted.

      Merriam Webster:


      Common Errors in English Usage, 2nd Edition:

      And Y’ll, the magazine of Southern People:

      And, of course, fifteen years in South Carolina dealing with this exact conversation when I moved down there and being told, definitively, by my English teacher nevertheless, that it is, was, and will be “y’all.”

    2. That doesn’t sound correct in that sentence. It sounds, as written, as if you’re saying ‘You all (currently) regret pickin’ that thing up.’

      It SHOULD be written y’all’ll. Pronounced with an extended ll sound.

      1. I agree, and I believe there’s a slight holding of the /l/ sound to differentiate between “y’all” and “y’all’ll.” Heh! As if I’m the ‘enry ‘iggins of the South.

  15. grew up in Waco where y’all is standard… during a four year stint in Knoxville, TN I was driving with a friend out to the sticks, we stopped at a thrift store(well, it was really a thrift tent) and this guy with what seemed to be three rows of teeth came up to us and said… “can I hep yuns”. the first thing that came out of my mouth was “What the f@ck is a YUN”?

  16. Shoot, the right side of the sign fell down again. It actually says


  17. I live in DFW and my family live in Amarillo and I’ve seen this sign several times on the drive!

  18. Also when in Texas remember..anything ending in ING the g is always silent. Example: pudding = puddin, walking = walkin and so on. When you see a pecan tree it’s pronounced Pacon. It’s a buggy not a shopping cart. And if your north, east or west of Texas you are a yankee. If you are south you are a Mexican. If anyone tries to tell you that they wash their sheep in Woolite it’s not so it will shrink.

  19. Gotta remember to exaggerate and stretch out those vowels when here in Texas. You don’t ask a danged fool if “…something’s wrong in his head.” No, you ask him (or insist, rather) “…something’s wrong in his heyyud.”

  20. haha i love your fight over how y’all/ya’ll is spelt!!!! im from ireland so we dont use that over here but i love the american slang!!!! y’all are cool ;)

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