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September 22, 2021

Texas And The Art Of Understatement

By: Laura Rice

Yes, everything may be bigger in Texas. And Texans are used to being pegged as exaggerators — the tellers of tall tales like Pecos Bill who roped tornadoes and shot stars from the sky. But Texas Standard commentator W.F. Strong says a characteristic of Texas conversation that doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves is the frequent use of understatement.


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December 1, 2021

The Most Generous Texan Of Yore?

Most Texans probably know the Brackenridge name. But, depending on where you're from, you might have a different landmark (and namesake) in mind. In Austin, there was the area's first public hospital. In Edna, there's a more than one thousand acre Brackenridge Recreation Complex. But as Commentator WF Strong notes, the Brackenridge who lent his name to a park in San Antonio, George Washington Brackenridge, may have given more to Texas -- in financial terms -- than anyone else.

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November 17, 2021

Texas Navigator App

On Google Maps you can get navigator voices in English with either an American, British, Indian, or Canadian accent. Commentator W.F. Strong thinks they should offer a Texas navigator accent – one that also offers Texas expressions and colloquialisms.

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October 20, 2021

Peregrine Falcons

This is the time of year that Peregrine falcons make their incredible journey from Greenland to Argentina and Chile, a distance of over eight thousand miles. One of the most popular migration stopovers for Peregrines is Padre Island. There, they rest and eat for a few days. Texas Standard commentator WF Strong says it's like a Buc-ee's for birds – and then some.

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