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If you’re Norwegian or happen to spend a lot of time around Norwegians, then this fact that absolutely blew our minds might not be news to you, but apparently the word “Texas” is slang for “crazy” or “wild,” as in, “the end of the [whatever sport they play in Norway] game was totally Texas!”

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We saw the screen capture from Tumblr float around social media this weekend and were initially skeptical. But, lo and behold, the evidence has convinced us that this is really an accepted part of Norwegian slang.

  • Here is an article from Aviso Nordland from March 2014 about reckless international truck drivers traveling through the northern part of the country. Norwegian police chief Knut Danielsen, when describing the situation, tells the paper that “it is absolutely texas.”
  • Here’s one from a 2012 edition of Verdens Gang, a Norwegian tabloid, in which Blackburn Rovers soccer manager Henning Berg—a Norwegian former star who played for the British team—describes the atmosphere at a match between the Rovers and the rival Burnley Clarets as “totally texas.”
  • And here’s a fisherman telling the local news about the rare swordfish he caught in Northern Norway: “I heard a loud noise from the bay, but I did not know where it came from right away. Thirty seconds to a minute later it jumped out in the fjord. I got to see some of it before I took up the camera,” he says and continues: “It was totally texas!”

Usually, when the word “texas”—as an adjective, most often without capitalization—appears in Norwegian, the context involves the phrase, “det var helt texas,” which translates to, roughly, “it was totally/absolutely/completely bonkers.” You wouldn’t call a person “totally texas”; it usually describes a chaotic atmosphere.

A Norwegian Tumblr user explained some of the etymology of the phrase in a post from last May:

The expression itself has to do with associations. It’s something that brings to mind chaotic, crazy conditions, like the “wild west,” and at least back when the expression was coined, the “wild west” held very strong Texas associations. Hell, even when I was a kid in the 80s, I thought that all American cowboys came from Texas, and that’s just how it was. Texas = land of the cowboys. And rodeos. And the wild west. A Western movie? Probably from Texas.

This quote from an paper on child language development (talking about a child’s metalinguistic development) should tell you a little bit about how Norwegians can condense a state into stereotypes:

Uttrykket ”det var helt Texas på bussen i dag” gir lite mening for en som nettopp har lært at Texas er et sted med cowboyer, rodeoer og kveg. [X]

Translation: The expression “it was totally Texas on the bus today” will not mean much to someone who’s just learned that Texas is a place with cowboys, rodeos and cattle.

The expression dates back several decades, and speaks to how the mythos of Texas has been interpreted in one Scandinavian country: “Texas” = “cowboys” = “Wild West” = “an unpredictable, exciting, sometimes scary atmosphere,” and thus can be used to describe a party that had people jumping off the roof into a swimming pool, a soccer game where fans were getting tense, or even a troubling traffic situation, which—while the etymology may be different—is fair enough for anyone who’s been in any Texas city during rush hour.

All of which is to say that when considering what “Texas” means to the world, it’s fascinating to realize just how far and wide our fabled culture spreads—or as they might say in Norway, det er helt texas as heck.


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    They are probably just reacting to some of the less than intelligent things some of our Texas politicians say. It is probably because they do not know that neither Ted Cruz or Dan Patrick are “REAL” Texans.

    • James Groce

      Take your political bias with you when you move to Kommiefornia.

      • WUSRPH

        Why would I want to move there? born and raised Texan and proud of it…I just don’t like some of those outsiders who moved here from Canada and somewhere up East and try to take over.

        • majicmahon

          “Up East”? Somewhat geographically challenged I’d say. And no….the world is not flat.

          • Ric Richardson

            In fairness most places are north east depending where in Texas you live. Other then Florida which is just east. Being a Texan I have no problem with people that move here as long as they are not assholes. Though I live in Houston which is a bit more open minded then other parts of the state.

          • Justin Matt McMurtry

            the world is in fact flat, how can you argue this..

        • cgray

          Born before Roe v. Wade presumably. Pity.

        • olympia1984

          “Take over”…. dude, it’s people moving to Texas, not aliens invading or a government takeover like Jade Helm. By the way, have you heard Columbus actually discovered a new continent and NOT the indies?? Cool ain’t it??

          • Walt Krolczyk King

            Columbus didn’t discover anything…people were already here…Columbus tried to enslave them, he butchered them and raped them and gave them diseases they’d never encountered before…the whole Columbus thing is a wrong headed myth. Like Texas.

          • Boh how

            *have you heard Columbus actually discovered a new continent and NOT the indies?? Cool ain’t it??*

            Norwegian/Icelandic vikings was in America long before Columbus…. (500yrs)
            Leiv Eiriksson, (born in Island but the family was from Norway) called the new contery Vinland, but it was Bjarni Herjólfsson (Norse-Norwegian) that first discovered the mainland of America, which he sighted in 986. (Columbus was not there before in 1492)


        • V Tiffany Seidel

          Ted Cruz is welcome in my state of Texas anytime. Thank you Mr Cruz for standing on Principal’s unlike the Lying azz obama.

          • Rudyinbama

            Thank God for Texans like you and Cruz who make Alabama look good.

          • Richard_in_Texas

            One thing you may want to reconsider: plurals do not take apostrophes.

          • HJ

            I would imagine most people don’t realize that Cruz doesn’t use toilet paper. He’s got his gaggle of groupies to lick his *ss clean.

          • Alli

            Who is “Principal Lying”??? And what is “azz” or is that slang for something?

          • BB53

            He’s the principal of the school that all Repulsivelicans go to to learn how to lie.

          • TrulyJulie


      • Leslee Bean

        California now has the 7th best economy. You might want to dial that back a bit.

        • Person223

          California has had one of the largest economies, but our policies are crippling it. I’d explain it to you, but I get so FREAKING tired of explaining it to leftists. Facts so rarely convince a leftist. The short version is that a lot of people are leaving California for Texas, and people are leaving New York and Illinois for the same reasons. High taxes. Governor Brown is continuing policies that drive up electric rates even more. That’s also a big part of why companies and people are leaving. 36 cents per kilowatt hour is an outrageous rate to pay for electricity, and it makes our business less competitive.

          • ToyotaBedZRock

            Lol, you seem to be ignorant as to how California only sends jobs to Texas or Nevada when they are doing something that people won’t like. SpaceX builds in California but tests engines in Texas. And Tesla has a red state subsidizing a green energy push with the new battery plant.

          • Jerome Barry

            When has Nevada been a red state? Can you spell Harry Reid?

            I wonder what part of all the jobs at Toyota North America the people didn’t like.

          • COL Bull-sigh

            You mean Tesla, the car with the worst J D Power rating in the history of quality ratings?

          • Sensur er svakhet

            Still it’s a helluva car in insane modus – or as we say in Norway “Texas modus”…..

            Christian DH

          • CJ Mund

            Well, as someone from the great progressive state of Washington, I’d prefer if all the conservatiive block heads move to Texas and leave us here in the Pacific Northwest alone to enjoy our booming economy, best places to retire, and great school systems.

          • Povel Vieregg

            There are tradeoff. Taxes aren’t collected just for the heck of it. They are usually used for something. Texas isn’t ranked very high on education e.g. Texas is benefitting from other states spending the money on educating people. It is these educated people who start business in places like Calefornia. Businesses which later move out to Texas to get lower taxes.

            My point is the Texas approach is to some degree a race to the bottom which can’t be replicated by all the rest of the country. Somebody has to spend the money to raise well developed citizens. The south might be cheap and low tax in general but it also has a lot of social problems, in part from spending so little money on human development.

          • pelones

            I personally believe that Texas has all the money it needs for education, but the methodology has run amok and they spend money carelessly. I remember a better system before the political correctness.

          • Walt Krolczyk King

            Political correctness runs both ways…low taxes is republican PC. But it doesn’t always work…as you loose in you loose your consumer base as their pay drops and drops and drops…Texas isn’t that cheap to live unless you are way out in the boonies…but its cheaper to live in the boonies everywhere…but then there are no jobs in the boonies anymore…ya’ll have oil…that is your only real asset…well…I won’t go any further than that.

          • BB53

            “…as you loose in you loose your consumer base…”???

          • kpennington

            The other benefit of a poor education system in Texas is that it helps them maintain the Republican base of “Low Information” voters. 🙂

        • pelones

          These are the things CA doesn’t want to acknowledge. They have to buy water from elsewhere and because of their extravant needs has nearly depleted Lake Tahoe. Hi-Tech businesses have moved here because 1) it’s to expensive to operate and expand 2) The technical staff can’t afford to work there. If it wasn’t for the Defence Contracts, military presence, and Hollywood, CA would be another high-priced vacation spot…with the tallest trees in the world. Texas produces more fruits and veggies, and has better wines. Hollywood is gradually moving to Austin and so is its music business.

          • Mark Coren

            What’s left of Hollywood vacations in Texas for a change of scenery. Hollywood moved ot Vancouver, BC, Canada years ago.

          • Walt Krolczyk King

            Which is why Austin is blue instead of Texas poor ass red…As for water ya’ll ain’t doing so well either to the point that you’ve approached Oklahoma to your itty bitty northern neighbor for help more than once. Don’t get too arragant Texas…people who you kicked on the way up aren’t gonna like you on your way down. http://www.greenvillegazette.com/texas-is-turning-blue-and-the-republican-party-may-be-on-the-verge-of-extinction/

        • James Groce

          Go ahead and move there then if that is your Mecca. My wife and I lived there for ~30 years, made our money, retired at 55, and now enjoying the RED Great State of Texas. It’s funny to see all the butt hurt lefty comments on here.

      • It has actually nothing to do with politics or “anti-Americanism”. It is simply a synonym for “Wild West”, which – as the article says – most Norwegians believe or used to believe was located in Texas.

        • Peter Kristoffersen

          As a norwegian, I completely agree. This expression has a long history in Norway – and has no anti-american (or Texan) sentiment at all. As others have stated the expression describes a “wild” situation – a little bit like when the cowboy smashes out from the pub with the bartender dragged after the horse, and rides trough the barbershop as he shoots some Apache intruders. This expression is NEVER used in relation to american politics like “They executed a criminal in Texas again – “thats absolutely texas!”. It would describe a wild and funny situation.

          • Sigmund Sognefest

            Right. The “problem” is just that some people put other things into an expression that not belong to it

          • pelones

            Thanks for speaking up. It puts things in a better light.

          • KPG


            Peter Kristoffersen–YEPP! Godt å få det bekreftet av en ekte nordmann; d.v.s–jeg er jo *bare* en som *vandret inn* for snart 50 år siden! Men NORSK ‘kan’ jeg jo. :))

          • Honja

            To be fair, me being a Norwegian as well, there is a lot of truth to us referring to America and Americans as less orderly, smart and civilized. Of course, this doesn’t mean that all americans are dumb, it just comes from us hearing stories that occur from factors that are avoided in Norway, so if you really are Norwegian and you’ve read the Verdens Gang comment section, you know the sad circle-jerk that’s going on there about ‘how dumb americans are’.

          • Povel Vieregg

            There is some truth to this though. America is a land of contrast. Compared to other western countries they typically have both the poorest, richest, dumbest and smartest people. A country like Norway has a lot less extremes which means there are less crazy things happening in Norway.

            But a lot of what us Europeans prescribe as stupidity in the US is really ignorance. American don’t care that much about what is going on in the rest of the world because they live in a huge country. So they also know very little about the world outside.

            I think a lot of Americans are also stuck in the historical distinction between the US and the rest of the world. To this day it seems like a lot of Americans think of the rest of the world as if it was the 1800s still were America a rich and prosperous country with a lot of opportunity and democracy while the rest was poor and undemocratic.

          • BB53

            No, it’s not ignorance…… Well, it’s that, too, but mainly it’s stupidity. Americans really are dumb, and not just in Texas. It’s a race to the bottom of the IQ chart here.

          • Povel Vieregg

            Hehehe, there are some really smart people in the US too though. As I said I think that is the thing. In the US you got a more extreme distribution of intelligence, because in the US you keep rewarding winners and punishing losers. Those who do well in school get scholarships to fancy schools and thus keeping getting better and better opportunities. For those not doing so well, they are stuck. They end up in shitty neighborhoods and their children get a shitty upbringing by having parents working 3 jobs to make ends meet and living a neighborhood without positive stimulus. Thus one perpetuates a sharper divide.

            In many other western countries one tries one best to level the playing-field. I live in one of the poorer parts of Oslo, Norway today and used to live in one of the richest. But the pre-school and schools are actually better here. Newer buildings, more space, better resources. More effort is put into the disadvantaged.

            Mind you poor, doesn’t quite mean the same in Norway as in the US, as the differences are not nearly as extreme. Top salaries are much lower and the low salaries are much higher. E.g. McDonalds pays 25 dollars per hour here. But as a software developer I probably only make slightly more than devs in San Fransisco, but I price levels here are higher so I am probably slightly worse off.

          • Rudyinbama

            Of course it’s not an insult directed at the U.S.A, – Texas is not America anyway.

          • Texas Engineer

            Yep, soon to be the Republic of Texas again!

          • Tejasguitarman

            Well hurry the f up!

          • COL Bull-sigh

            Not for LONG, Thank God!!!

          • Ludwig Van Diesel

            Takk for kommentaren din. I live in Norway these days and I have heard what you are describing. I have, however, also heard ‘Texas’ being used as a catch-all for American backwardness.

          • Tejasguitarman

            Hey Peter! There’s a native of Texas, Kris Kristofferson & of late there seems to be an abundance of Pis Pissedofferson’s in Tejas.

        • Ric Richardson

          And being in Texas this does not bother me one bit. I kind of dig it really.

        • KPG

          @ John Færseth
          : THANK YOU, for herding that crowd back to the TOPIC in the article!! I was starting to get the feeling that the slang meaning we have in Norway is VERY accurate: “Totally CRAZY”!

          • Fredrik Weisethaunet

            Haha, best comment so far 😛

        • 1Tore2

          En gang bør vi forske på fenomenet med nordmenn som gpr inn i debatter i utlandet for å liksom være norsk ekspert når de diskuterer Norge. Internett er fullt av saker om Norge fra utenlandske aviser, feks amerikanske, og nordmenn som egentlig ikke trenger å skrive mer enn: “I am Norwegian”. Så er man stolt som pokker. Ikke undervurder det kollektive norske mindreverdighetskomplekset. “Oi, de snakker om Norge!!!” Sorry, ikke spesifikt rettet mot deg, men er bare lei av å se det. Og, nei, jeg gjør ikke det samme. Min kommentar er rettet til andre nordmenn. Og, ja, jeg leste jeg og. Men føler ikke noe behov for å tyne til meg oppmerksomhet fra amerikanerne. Og, ja, det kan hende jeg også er helt på jordet og i så fall beklager jeg. Ha en fortsatt fin dag. Tore.

          • yakoronor

            …or the fact that a lot of Norwegians just has to comment in Norwegian whenever they see Norway mentioned in a foreign newspaper? 😉

          • KPG

            @ both ‘1Tore2’ & ‘yakoronor’ –I hear ya, Tore; that ‘collective Norwegian inferiority complex’ makes Norwegian politicians (at least) strive beyond all normal limits to make that little country seem as B-I-G as or BIGGER THAN all other westerly countries! and I am also sick of that! But here’s my own situation: After 49 yrs. in Norway, all Norwegians say: “Oh, you’re as good as a Norwegian then!” But NOPE–I never chose to get a Norwegian citizenship / passport simply because I am and always will be an American first, and have only *assimilated* into the Norwegian culture. For the books, this is the first and only time I have commented on any article *abroad* / outside of Norway…and I see that I made the #1 blunder up at the start of it all, by writing (and explaining some of) Norwegian! Sorry about that, but it was before I saw how many Norwegians showed up afterwards!! I will depart now with my bushy Arctic Fox tail between my legs!

          • Ludwig Van Diesel

            Norwegian politicians can be strange creatures, indeed. I remember not too many years ago being utterly baffled when I turned on the TV and saw the leaders of the (relatively) conservative parties at the Republican Convention, while their leftist counterparts were at the Democratic Convention. It was a bizarre coordinated display, to say the least.

        • Gjermund Kristiansen

          This is true ☺

        • Sensur er svakhet

          In the old western movies it was always a cool bar fight and shootouts where in the end the piano man and barkeeper got shoot, the whole saloon turned upside down and it was totally “Texas” in there – we even see this expression in our daily newspaper. It’s just a description for a wild crazy party or happening.
          Most Norwegian have some ancestors in the USA, so it’s kinda weird to think that most Norwegians believed or thought that the Wild West was located in Texas.

          I have some family ties to Daae family in Portland Oregon 🙂

      • Nelson Kerr

        James, you just proved WURSPHs point

        • James Groce

          Hardly. The dude spits out insults and immediately turns the whole comment section sour.

      • dragontech64

        Awe, James, butthurt much?

      • Epleskrotten

        And comments such as that makes Texas seem like the least developed and sophisticated place in the world to us Norwegians.

        • James Groce

          Give us all an update after you take your infusion of “immigrants” of “the peaceful religiion” courtesy of Angela. See, Norway is still taking it whatever Germany sends their way. You think your vaunted developed and sophisticated place in the sun will be unaffected? Enjoy some real world lessons headed your way.

    • VegBerg

      I think you forgot to read the article.

    • Cathrine Jullum Kise

      No, sorry. We’re not 🙂 We are completely oblivious to the political situation in Texas. And, as the article points out, it goes back for decades. Therefore, it is more common for elder people to use it. However, considering how much it amuses you, I’ll probably start using it more frequently.

      • M. Gunnar Reinertsen

        I wouldn’t say oblivious. I think a lot of Norwegians associate Texas with conservative politics. But as you say, that’s not what the expression is about. It’s about the Wild West!

        • LA24687

          Like guns on college campuses?? Very sophisticated and cosmopolitan

          • KPG

            @ LA24687–NO…I have to say I have never (personally) seen the phrase “totally TEXAS” used about any such happenings in modern American society: guns on college campuses; shootings at high schools; conflicts between police and blacks on the streets; ETC. The “totally texas” slang has always been about things we observed done in Norway…And, again, it is only because of the *crazy* Wild West films, as Peter Kristoffersen described so well: “…like when the cowboy smashes
            out from the pub with the bartender dragged after the horse, and rides
            trough the barbershop as he shoots some Apache intruders.” NEVER about America or Texas specifically at all.

          • LA24687

            Oh BS! TexAas wants to blame the ol B western for this “black eye”– but the TRUTH is MANY AMERICANS feel the same way due to recent and ongoing events coming outta TexAss

            **TexAss AP history books calling “slaves” ” migrant workers”

            **Texass trying to rewrite the Constitution and not issue but certificates to people born in this country just because the parents are illegal immigrants. 177-year-old constitutional right.

            **the Jade Helm 15 “obama” invasion that NEVER happened

            ** Ted Cruz, Cecil Bell, Ken Paxton, Abbott ( The head hillbilly of Texas), Molly White, the crazy DA of Dallas– yea, America knows your psycos you elect! In fact we doubt if you can convict Paxton after he “bribes” his way outta this felonious charges! We still laugh at Perry wishing he would have left the USA as he threatened to do!

            ** Remember the hate crime killing in Jasper Texas! Richard Byrd? We do! Like Kennedy in Dallas and the Waco drama with David Karesh another well armed religious nut case in Texass

            The religious nut case who flew a plane into the Austin IRS building!!

            No– this is all Texass! It’s more than just a few old movies from the 1950s and 60s! But I guess you Texans wanna view this like your history books view slaves! Very slanted and self serving to save face

          • dscootermama

            the poor man who was killed in Jasper was named James Byrd, Jr.

          • COL Bull-sigh

            Guns in the hands of GOOD people on campus is a whole lot better than your body bags in your gunless victim zones!

      • sir_limpalot

        I’m elderly, now? 😛

      • OleHagen

        A bit bold to speak on behalf of all Norwegians when it comes to our grasp on Texan politics, but OK…

        Using ‘texas’ as an adjective is also fairly common among younger people, in fact I believe it might have had an upswing the last few years as it has both a certain nostalgic value, and because young Norwegians are fully aware that Texas is not synonymous with the Wild West and that using the expression in that sense therefore has comical value.

      • Geir Torgersen

        As a Norwegian – it’s both.

        Like you say its an expression used by people now in their 50s-60s (the “western movie” generation).

        This original interpretation is not only based on Western movies, but also on actual stuff occurring in Texas, such as the amazing real story about guys like Billy the Kid, that kind of anarchistic society coupled with strict authoritarian law enforcement.

        But… unlike what you say, not all Norwegians are oblivious to foreign news events.

        For anyone who actually reads newspapers, Texans and Texan politicians are well known in Norway for being the most aggressive defenders of state executions, of gun rights, authoritarian police and of being the stronghold of nationalistic, conservative politics in the US.

        Texas is also known for incidents with cowboy mentality law enforcement such as the Waco incident and various examples over the years. Most Norwegians who can read know that Bush jr was a Texas governor before he got in office and changed the world irreversibly.

        In other words, the term does live on .. somewhat based on the obvious fact Texas is a place where volatile practices are proudly allowed to be part of the public image.

        That said:

        Many Norwegians who have gotten to know Texans and Texas in person, under the kind of “Texas” surface of the state, have said a lot of good stuff about the place, the people, and the food.. some say they recognize some of the typical Norwegian traits in the populace.

        Just for the record!

        • Olve Drageset

          Thanks for the great comment, as a fellow Norwegian I believe your guesses/subjective analysis to be very informed.

        • Joe Kincaid

          >”For anyone who actually reads newspapers, Texans and Texan
          politicians are well known in Norway for being the most aggressive
          defenders of state executions, of gun rights, authoritarian police and
          of being the stronghold of nationalistic, conservative politics in the


          • Trygve Gundersen

            learn what? what definitely not to do?

          • Jim Westby

            We partied enough in the 800’s, everyone were waving axes, eating shrooms and getting laid across the pond back then. Hopefully we’ve matured a little since, and can resolve most things with civil conversation; without the threat of guns and general death. 😀

        • Sturla Molden

          Sorry, “Billy the kid” was in Lincoln County, New Mexico.

          • Geir Torgersen

            He was in most of the US, including Texas.

        • cornowood

          Texas can take credit for a lot of stuff, but Billy the Kid ain’t one of them!

          • Tejasguitarman

            Some sorry ass Texan up in Hico claimed to be Billy the Kid yet he couldn’t speak Spanish which William Bonney was fluent in speaking.

        • Velocat

          I remember moving to Norway from Texas for my senior year of high school back in the mid seventies. One of the few television shows we could get in English was Gunsmoke. Later that year on a flight to Spain I had a Norwegian who had a little too much to drink try to buy my boots! There were so many Texans (and Oklahomans/Louisianans) that were living there due to North Sea oil probably has something to do with it. I loved Norway but wouldn’t give up living in the US and especially Texas.

    • Sophia

      It’s because of the wild west I believe. Texas as in guns and crazyness – yankees and cowboys. At least that’s the way i perceive it. As a Norwegian 😛

      • Robert Sandøy

        If you call someone in Texas a yankee, I belive they are mandated by law to shoot you.

        • FactsSaveLives

          Thereby proving the Norwegian use of the name is not very far off.

          • G_A

            Yup, it’s obviously completely texas over there!

          • Tejasguitarman

            Y’all hit the nail on the head! A lot of folks here are nukkin’ futz!

        • HaakonKL

          Yankee means “US citizen” in Europe, and “Northerner” in the US, and probably something else in the less-southern regions of the US.
          (I mean, you’re all from the south for us Norwegians. Look at that nearly tropical Minnesnowda…)

          • strayaway

            It means an upper New Englander in the less southern regions of the US; Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine for sure.

        • Ami

          SO true.

        • pelones

          Naw, not anymore. They are now our neighbors. Of course you don’t want to throw “Yankee” around indescriminately…you could hurt someone’s feelings. When I visited Scotland I was called “Yank” a lot. One old scotsman said he didn’t know America had gained its independance from England…then he bought me a beer to wash it down. Then he heard I, an old Texan, was also part of the Royal line of McGregors and had to buy another round out of camaraderie. I’ll shamelessly use any reason to get another beer, even the truth.
          Outside of the cities there are still a lot of ranches and rifles and handguns are still very useful in defence against critters like rattlesnakes, coyotes, mountain lions, and cattle rustlers. Yes they are still around, though rare, only now they use helicopters, dirt bikes, and 18 wheelers. I was a land surveyor for a while and on one ranch we did a boundary survey which took us a week to complete. Three of those days was with camping gear because it was inaccesable by truck. The place was so large we had to account for curvature of the earth in order to calculate land area. The property had been in the family for so long the original deed was translated from Castilian (Spanish from Spain). I made a copy of the manuscript because the penmanship was so beautiful.

        • Tejasguitarman

          Yep,the typical cowardly way to settle “thangs” in Texass. There’s a plethora of reasons that the Yankees won with correct spelling skills a very minute one of those reasons. Sam Houston tried to warn y’all.

      • Olve Drageset

        A Yankee is a northern-state inhabitant. It’s the total oposite of a Texan 🙂 – Fellow Norwegian.

        • Sophia

          The fact that we say “Texas” in relation the above doesn’t necessarily mean it’s correct use or interpretation of a Texan 🙂 But that’s is how I associate the meaning behind the expression :O

    • Velger1

      Texas is for us the Wild West from movies and old western books. This something we have said since the big immigration. Please don’t put too much into it. 😉 We love Texas.

      • LA24687

        Not everyone loves texas! Some of us would like to give it back to Mexico

        • Ric Richardson

          You did not get it from Mexico. Texas won it’s independence before it joined the union. Which is before California got free from Mexico.

          Being a Texan there are a lot of things I want to change here. Just as I’m sure there are a number of things you want to change about were you are. Yet I do not wish to see your state leave the US.

          • Russ Whiteman

            I feel pretty safe in taking you at your word, since most of the Texans I know are decent people. However, Texas is one of a small handful of states that regularly coughs up relatively large “movements” threatening to secede. It gets more than a little tiresome, rather like the batshit crazy old bigoted uncle at the family reunion. You can’t really throw him out, but it sure is a tempting thought sometimes.

            I can only imagine how tiring it is to actually live there with those nuts.

          • Ric Richardson

            Yeah it’s not easy sometimes. Granted I live in Houston so it is not that bad here. Though we have our fair share of back woods redneck areas that is for sure. I just never really see them.

          • LA24687

            I personally say let Texas go. Take all their racist psychopath with them. In fact if they promised to leave let’s give them Alabama Mississippi and Louisiana. I would be up for picking Mexico to take Texas back.

          • pelones

            That’s funny, I grew up in Houston, Texas and before I left for the military in the mid 70s, Houston had one of the lowest crimes rates, for a city its size, in the US. Yes we could walk down the streets “wearing a six gun at your hip” but you rarely saw that because of the respect for firearms and each other. While I was gone the economy in the NE states went bust and everybody moved to Texas to work. With them they brought their disrespect for others and the law, and their characteristic rudeness. It also didn’t have near the racism that it does now because of that migration. If you want to point at racism at its finest (worst) look to LA (Compton, Watts, South Central, and East LA), Chicago, Detroit, and NYC. Camden, NJ.
            Texas is the home of the most decorated living soldier in the US… ever! Audie Murphy. The middle east issues started long before Bush Jr was even Governor of Texas. It is also the the Main Mission control for NASA. We grow more fruits and veggies than any other state, more cotton products. If oil and gas production went away the US would “grind” to a halt without the possibility of recovery in less than a decade…if ever. Of course that could be a good thing. Texas is home to 5 of the 10 largest windfarms in the world. Sorry Norway, you aren’t in the list.
            I can certainly understand why we would be known as the “Wild West” but it is a misnomer. Out of the 25 most notorious bandits of the old west none were actually born here or even operated here; 2 were killed here but none of those were by lawmen; they were taken care of by the regular folks. The “Wild West” was mostly a myth fostered by Hollywood.

          • Thomas Schulzki

            “Sorry Norway, you aren’t in the list.”
            – Of course we are not on the list – What would we use that electric power for? – Norway is a net exporter of electric power, and the power-grid to the continent can’t handle more export. (Power in Norway is mainly HydroElectric – witch is a regulated powersupply, unlike wind/solarfarms)
            As export capacity increases, power production will increase – and windfarms will probably play a vital role in this – but for now – it’s cheaper, more efficient, and better sustainability in HydroElectric power-plants.
            Allmost 18% of new cars sold in Norway are Electric – And Tesla is the next biggest brand in new electric cars with a marketshare of 21%…

            But – Thanks for your brief intro to Texas, pelones, I did not know all of that!

          • pelones

            After reading some of the responses from other Norwegians I kinda like your reference to Texas. I don’t mind a little notoriety; it keeps things fun. I’ve lived here for most of my life and am proud of my heritage but I am ready to find cooler weather. I have a photographer friend who used to live in Bergen (born further north) and I loved the scenery she showed through her camera. I’ve always wanted to explore the Fjords and the waterways leading to them.
            Acually I’ve never understood the predilection toward a source of energy that 1) relies on the weather or time of day as in solar collection, 2) is very expensive to install and maintain. I like the hydroelectric sources and, though it is a sensitive subject, nuclear power plants which are actually quite efficient and safe, unless you build them on active fault lines or in tsunami paths.

            Have fun!

          • Robert

            Ohh so racism only exists in the south? M’kay…

        • Texas Engineer

          We won our independence in battle just like the 13 original colonies won theirs from Great Britain, so we don’t’ need to ‘give Texas back’. There are many of us who would like to become the Republic of Texas again.

          • LA24687

            Great! Happy for Texas! Go off and be your own country again! Be a part of Mexico– just go! We are better off without TexAss! Take your anti-goverment oath keeps, Klan, baptist bilbe beating evangelical jihadist, tea bigoted rednecks! Take them all! In fact! You can have Alabama as a door prize for going away! C-yea! Texas

          • Tejasguitarman

            well, git goin!

    • LA24687

      Texas absolutely sucks as a state. It’s like a Third World country right in the United States. The only thing that got the dirty church in San Antonio. If you go down there you get your car broken into. There’s nothing socially redeeming about the state at all. It’s just full of inbred bigoted Bible thumping rednecks.

      • Indiana Pearl

        I’m not from Texas, but have learned it has many good qualities. It gets LOTS of press.

        • TrulyJulie

          And yet you spend so much time on this site, telling us Texans how we ought to live…and where we have the right to express our opinions. Isn’t ‘Indiana Monthly’ enough for your viewpoints? Or do you think Texans are obliged to listen to you too?

      • JessicaStar8890

        Go to a third world country. Your whole comment is ignorant. You sound like a asshole who really shouldn’t be judging anyone.

      • dman1000

        and why are you on a site called Texas Monthly?

        • G_A

          Where else would he get the chance to spew his gall at texans? A bit sad, really.

      • did you pay the troll toll?

      • bettysaenz

        No wonder you do not use your real name. I am a Native Texan, do not like to be stereotyped. I have never had my car broken into in any Texas city…lived here all my life. I love my state and have had family here since 1835 when it was Mexico- Coahuila y Tejas. Many people referred to it as NEW Mexico. There are many, many good people in my state and I am one of them. I will never leave.


        You should be thrilled with Texas – the majority of the job growth during Obama’s administration was in Texas, which made him fluff the national numbers and get reelected.

        • Robert

          That job growth had very little to do with Obama…

          • EZEEEEEEEE

            I agree. I was just pointing out that the majority of what Obama calls success is because of Texas. And North Dakota.

            All of the money from quantitative easing did make the Wall Street types happy though. So I suppose Obama can take credit for making hedge fund managers happy, and giving them money for second and third yachts.

      • Robert

        This guy is just a bad Troll. Don’t take the bait folks.

    • Martin Rossing

      Mnope, people these days pretty much just react to the whole “guns on campus” thing. Because Texas is a place of insanity compared to tiny Norway.

      • flymolo
        • G_A

          The fact that you had to go back to 2011 to find an example like that, kind of proves the point I guess you were trying to dipsrove.

          • Morten Bendiksen

            Statistically, that’s still way more often that Texas. It makes little sense to compare two places like this to begin with, but it make no sense at all if you ignore population counts.

          • flymolo

            2011 was only 4 to 5 years ago. I guess that’s a long time if you have the life span of a hamster… My point was guns are everywhere and insanity can take place anywhere.

    • icanhazconservative?

      And Texan tourists have a reputation abroad for being loud and brash, and expecting everyone to speak English.

      • Studentbybeboer

        No, that’s Americans as a whole actually.

        • icanhazconservative?

          Yes, but especially as it relates to Texans. Texans are considered the most obnoxious of us all. It’s like saying “Europeans are rude, but the French are the rudest.”

          • flymolo

            If we’re throwing around opinions I’d say New Jersey (i.e. Jersey Shore) gets the prize for most obnoxious.

          • Cecilie Wian

            New jersey? We don’t know where that is! Could be Texas for all we know. Well some of us have MTV and have seen there is a particular style of fashion for that area.

            There is a childs song “jeg har en liten undulat som får så dårlig med mat” (I am a smal parakeet that is poorly fed.). It comes with arm (as in bodypart, not guns) movements, all the arm movements are very restricted when it is a parakeet living in france, but when living in the US it is very big. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpZduhQvvcU

          • Magnus

            I…. have no idea what any of that is supposed to mean… and im norwegian…

          • Robert

            NO! New Jersey is NOT Texas… NJ is on the other side of the country next to New York.

          • pelones

            New Jersey is up in the Northeast around Texarkana I think. One Texas brag is: There are six points to a Texas compass. North to the panhandle, south to the border, west to El Paso, and East to Texarkana. up to the Texas moon and down to Texas oil. It is a 16 hr drive to Denver from Austin (at 70 mph, 112kph in Europe), and 12 hrs of it is in Texas. We aren’t the biggest state in the US. If you split Alaska in half we’d be the third largest but at least we can go outside and play all year ’round.

          • icanhazconservative?

            Except guidos aren’t really travelers.

          • Bruiser in Houston


          • pelones

            Loud and brash may be true but actual Texans are known for their politeness and respect. Sir and Ma’am are used prodigously. As flymolo says Jerseyans have the well deserved reputation as the rudest Americans.

      • majicmahon

        “speak Amerikun”

      • Indiana Pearl

        Texans don’t speak English.

        • Robert

          I’m fairly certain we do…

          • pelones

            We speak Spanglish. i.e. Adios Darlin’. As a UK friend of mine once said, “We’ve been trying to teach you yanks how to speak english for 200 years.” My reply was, “…and yet you boys continue to misspell color (UK colour).”
            and while I have a couple of you Norsefolk here, I recently got to drink an Akevitt Porter (did I spell it right?) I liked it but then I am a porter guy at heart. Hard to find Norwegian ales here in Texas so…

      • mickeymat

        Untrue, ancient leftish trope . English is the most common language spoken in the world. Texans are polite and gracious. Now the French, on the other hand….

      • Chris Jensen

        Not so. Leaving the US and coming to Norway they’ll all labelled Americans. North, south, east, west usually makes no difference here.

        • icanhazconservative?

          It did when I lived in the UK, FWIW.

      • pelones

        …or Spanish. LOL

    • Solid Dick

      This has been done for decades now. There isn’t any malice in it. I find it a little Idaho that it’s only just now reached the Lone Star State.

    • Morten Bendiksen

      It refers more to the perceived behaviour of cowboys of old and how we associate Texas with cowboys.

      It’s not necessarily meant negative. Sure, often it is. But if you hear about a party being “texas”, then you might regret not having been there. It usually means both exciting and reckless. It depends on the situation whether that is negative or not.

      • pelones

        The next one of parties you guys have, I’d like an invitation. I’ll bring some homebrew.

    • Chris Jensen

      Not many Norwegians will be able to connect American politicians to the state they are from.

    • bettysaenz

      No they are NOT from here!

    • IAmHere

      or to all the wild racism there.
      or to liquor stores that are also gun stores
      or to an abnormal “patriotic” dependency on guns and violence
      or to a seamless love for the death penalty
      oh and where is rick perry from?

    • Sondre Tystad

      No, we have other words for that. “Texas” comes from the cowboy movies/literature.

    • KPG

      WUSRPH–Næææ [<–Those are some Norwegian letters at the end of the Norwegian alphbet that aren't in the English alphabet; 2 others are 'Å' and 'Ø' ]
      Anyway, I'm an American whose lived in Norway for 49 years and speak their language fluently. I say, "Næææ, to the idea that it has anything to do with Texas politicians or the up-and-coming elections. There aren't many who give a big hoot about that; although there are many that will be glad to se "Obummer" leave the White House! 😉
      NOPE, I would rather say that it comes from impressions they've gotten from a lot of Cowboy / Western films where it's a general "Wild West" impression they've gotten…After all, Texas isn't…or hasn't been quite like…Let's say conservative / well-behaved Massachsetts? 😉

      • pelones

        Oh brother. I would rather you had contrasted us to the well-behaved Brits. I kind of like the reference from Norway. As a culture we are young and brash but a real Texan, not the diluted present day psuedo Texan, has much respect for others, is polite, and a fierce loyalty to our family and friends.

        • KPG

          Oh, I’m sorry, pelones! Brits are NOT just well-behaved–that much I’ll tell you! But since you sound like a very nice and like-able fella, who would say M’am to me, I take back the part that made you comment “Oh brother” 😉

    • Benjamin Hadland

      We´ve used that phrase since the fifties in Norway. It has absolutely nothing to do with politicians, and everything to do with being introduced to western movies showing cowboys shooting and shouting all over the place. It was something my grandparents had never seen before and it was totally crazy behavior in Norwegian eyes, hence the expression “Totally Texas”. Have a nice day 😉

      • WUSRPH

        I know…I was just trying to say something not so nice about Cruz and Patrick…..

        • TrulyJulie

          Any excuse you need, right?

          • WUSRPH

            No excuse is needed to say things about those two.

          • TrulyJulie

            Then why use one?

    • Nikkelsikkel

      I can assure you, nowegians don´t care about politicians in Texas.

    • Sykleper

      Not really. This has nothing to do with politics. If anything, it is kind of a compliment. It has to do with the huge populraity of old western-movies in Norway. Don’t even get me started on the Macahans and the Cartwrights!! Somehow the wildest examples of cowboy shootouts, bar brawls and cowboy anarchy have been associated with Texas. Probably by the help of popular cartoon series, named “Texas”, as well as the wildely popular “Texas Ranger” series etc.

      The expression is rarely used as a negative remark. In fact, more in the context that the wildness of the situation was a bit impressive or very amusing. For example I heard someone describe a bike race where the attacks were so many and the speed so high that it was impossible to know what was going on and to apply a tactic, as completely “country&western!” – Not meant in a negative way!

      Even though a fun party that went a bit off the hinge, would in most cases be described as “quite texas”, it is also common to refer to the same situation as “wild west”. Some people also say if something is really great, they might say “That was completely ‘sherrif'” (NO: “Det var helt sherrif”). Which loosely would translate to when americans say “That rocks!” Again, this is anohter example of how Norwegians’ fascination for old cowboy&western fiction have been adopted in the slang language.

      By all means, I don’t fantasise about being spokesman for all Norwegians, but I grew up in the 70’s and this has always in my time been common expression, and I think most would agree that this is nothing to be offended from. I don’t believe any Norwegian seriously believe Texans are less civilised than other people, or that they still have saloons with daily brawls.

      Enjoy some links:

      Popular cartoon back in the days:

      You said bar brawls?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ncf7ERuJNuM .

      Also popular

      “How the west was won” as enourmously polular

      “Bonanza” is still on TV!!

    • Povel Vieregg

      No as mentioned in the article this is an old expression. We used that expression back in the early 80s when I was a kid and my dad before that. We also have the expression “Only in America”, which sort of means something exceptional or out of the ordinary. It doesn’t need to mean any negative although it frequently is used with that connotation.

      Norwegian married to an American 😉

    • Tommy Stormo

      Well, it could have been a “comment” to the Texas politicians, but it actually is a word to describe a condition of the people and area they are gathered in… with a reference to the wild west and when the cowboys rode into town with horses, guns, drinking and all the others… It’s not Texas as Texas, but Texas as the wild west in general. In Norway we have been loving the books, movies and so on with the theme wild west, that we have taken Texas and made a word of it…
      I think that the first time it was used, was back in 1957, in a book of Vegard Vigerust: (translated) “The boy who wanted to buy the Norwegian Broadcasting” (the only broadcasting in Norway at that time). The sentence in the book is like this: “would he make even more texas in the village/”…
      The writer made a new interpretation in the word texas, wild conditions, noise and so on… Since that time, we have used the word like that… 🙂

    • FarmerJack

      There is always one libtard commenting on every site. Get a life. No one cares about your pathetic politically driven life.

    • Nerd in Norway

      I strongly doubt you’ll find many Norwegians who have even heard of Ted Cruz or Dan Patrick.

      Willie Nelson, Janis Joplin or Red Adair on the other hand…

    • Øyvind Johnsen

      No, this is an old expression in Norway. Besides, not many Norwegians know that Ted Cruz is a Texan at all, “real” or not. And nobody has heard of Dan Patrick.

  • Claire Talltree

    Funny thing! I was thinking the same thing about Norway! Especially if you know my friend, Tor Eckhoff… here’s an example of the kind of fun stuff he does…

    • trieste

      Crazy Tor…

    • Ape (monkey) Tor in person…
      A crazy norwegian thats love iceskating, swimming and vodka… all at the same time…
      a GREAT guy..

  • similar to “going postal” it seems?

    • Andre_Bue

      No. We use it as a word of explaining a situation completely out of control, but which is exciting and wild. Different thing than going postal.

      • John Bilberg

        Also amusing for the onlookers…

  • I had the most boring evening. It was so norwegian.

    • Cathrine Jullum Kise

      Hahaha 😀 I really laughed out loud of that comment, probably because there is some.. okey a lot, of truth in that comment. We norwegians litterarily live on the outskirts of the world, don’t we.

      • Herremin

        Not really.

      • Sjuppi

        A guy I know took two days of work to watch a five day continuous live television show about a boat trip. He told me it was the best summer ever.

      • pelones

        I like the sagas (a nowegian word added to the english lexicon). You may have 5-7 months of darkness per year but where else can you see the best example of the Aurora Borealis and freeze your butt off even in summer (I am from Texas after all). The fjords are plain awesome; er, I mean så Texas.

        • Sensur er svakhet

          You really don’t know how much we Norwegian knows about Texas, the soap opera Dallas has been broadcasted lots of times so we know everything about Texas Dallas Dollars and oil 🙂

    • Nailed it.

    • MrAndersen

      So you didn’t get shot?

      • John Bilberg

        We norwegians don’t use guns for shooting people, except accidentally. Guns are for hunting. To kill people we use cars, axes and knives.

      • got shot as usual, just still was kinda Norwegian.

    • John Bilberg


    • Chris Jensen

      All nice and comfy.

    • Sensur er svakhet

      What did you do?.

  • My hometown in Norway was nicknamed Texas because of all the violence and rumored shootings there during the eighties. So the slang can also have a very negative meaning.

    • Tommy Mathisen

      There’s also an area where I live (Bergen, Norway) that in slang was called Chicago, because of the gangs og crime. That was about 30-40 years ago.

    • Sophia

      What city?

      • A tiny town called Husnes. Not even a real town. Just a factory with houses, schools and shops around it.

        • Øyvind Heitmann

          Big enuf to get the reputation far enuf. I’m from Bergen . 😉 And yes, you were Texas !

    • Utenlandsnordmann

      Kvinesdal! Represent!

      (Huh? What? Husnes? Never heard about Husnes being called Texas. Kvinesdals municipality signs used to regularly be vandalized with a red strikeout of ‘Kvinesdal’ and ‘Texas’ written instead.)

    • arcinva

      You describing a tiny town in Norway with “all the violence and rumored shootings” brings me images of one drunk Norwegian that got mad at a reindeer and shot at it, but missed. Because I just cannot imagine Norway as having any real violence. Haha.

      • Olav Alexander Mjelde

        Oh deer

  • Christian H. F. Kamhaug

    Haha! So y’all finally found out, huh? Well, as a Norwegian who’s lived in Texas and come back as often as I can (we can’t get Shiner Bock or Ro-Tel over here so I need to return every now and then to stock up) I must confess that even I use the term “Helt Texas” to describe wild and crazyness – parties for instance. When y’all pass laws like the one allowing concealed fire-arms on campus that just kinda proves the myth ya know… When I took my family to visit Texas this summer, one of my 7-year-old’s friends wanted to know if it was really safe to go to Texas. Perhaps y’all got an image-problem? What I do know is that every Norwegian I’ve spoken to who’s ever actually been to Texas has loved it – and we keep coming back! I guess we like that things are a bit “texas”.

    • Kristoffer Liland

      Yeah I love Texas, went there for a space conference, and I just love how you can say everything is bigger in America but it’s biggest in Texas, haha. Texas is totally Texas.

  • Øyvind Erik Duguid Jensen

    I can confirm that the expression “helt Texas” is a common Norwegian expression, and it certainly has nothing to do with current or recent politicians hailing from The Lone Star State. The expression is old, and the explanation given in the article, about the expression being associated with Wild-West films, is probably correct.

    In the Norwegian army you might hear the expression Texas/Sibir. To do a Texas is to check/lubricate the weapons , to do a Sibir is to check the feet for frostbite. Texas: guns; Sibir (i.e. Siberia) is cold.

  • Per Ole Hansen

    You should look up another norwegian expression: “amerikanske tilstander” …..

    • Smurt

      Det har blivit bytt ut med “svenske tilstander” nedlåtande om områden ned mycket invandare.

  • Elisakel

    As some one living in Norway I can confirm the general message of this article. However, it is far too diplomatic. The Norwegian adjective “texas” means chaotic/crazy as in lawless, lawdefying, dangerous. Yes, as in wild west movies, but not necessarily in a bad way as the examples above show you.

    • Camilla Stenersen

      I agree. You wouldn’t say that a party at someone’s house for instance went Texas unless there was a problem, maybe with many things getting broken, it being flooded with people who weren’t invited and refusing to leave, etc. I wouldn’t use it for a positive experience.

    • Chris Jensen


  • trono

    As a Norwegian moving to Texas in less than two weeks I am looking forward to having it “helt texas” all the time 🙂

    • Indiana Pearl

      You will change your mind once you drive on I-35!

    • FarmerJack

      Welcome to heaven on earth!

    • pelones

      Winter is a good time to move here. It’ll give you a chance to acclimate before you roast. I hope it’s to Austin. Maybe you can make another saga for your skalds.

  • Dale Casey

    Texas is used by Norwegians to mean “Wild”, not crazy.

    • Utenlandsnordmann

      Both, actually.

      Source: I’m norwegian.

    • Chris Jensen

      Wild, crazy, lawless, reckless, chaotic, disorderly, illegal, destructive, indifferent to consequences, mindless, selfish, out of control – all at the same time. And usually _many_ precipitants.

  • Morten Berger Karlsen

    Texas is part of Norway in even more ways:

  • Kristoffer Liland

    Yeah, it can also mean a situation of sort of “lawlessness”, out of control, or maybe more, uncontrolled environment (Texas does have very little laws that regulate different kinds of practice such as zoning laws and stuff) so that’s kind of how I interpret it. I heard it a lot because my father works in the oil industry, for a texan company working in Norwegian waters.

  • Fred Beloit

    Ten thousand Swedes ran through the weeds
    When chased by one Norwegian.

  • LA24687

    I moved to Texas from Los Angeles and they nailed it. This is a special kind of stupid down here in Texas. I think it comes from all the inbreeding. I’ve been saying this for the last three years. And it’s not just the people Texan select represent him it’s how they fashion their loss. There is no logic in the state. If ever there was a case for heavy duty

    • pelones

      Ah, you are a moron-o from Moreno… Valley. I was wondering why you referenced
      Texas as a third world country though it is nothing compared to that part of Riverside County you are from. You came from a state that has to buy water from three other states because you can’t manage your own resources, and now you have nearly depleted your main source of water, Lake Tahoe, which is also a huge source (if not your main source) of your electricty, i.e. The Hoover Dam’s hydroelectric plant. You are welcome to move back before you and your compatriots finish ruining the Texas economy as you have done your own…and take your bad attitude with you.

      Sorry folks. As a Texan it is hard for me to tolerate someone who bites the hand who feeds it.

    • Texas Engineer

      Hey LA24687 – You can always go back to LA and leave Texas to us Texans.

    • James Groce

      Like I said at the beginning of the comment section, you and those like you can take your political bias to Kommiefornia. Why are you here in Texas if you don’t like it? I came to hate the People’s Republik of Kommiefornia (PRK) as it changed over the years, becoming more and more libtard. The Dems have gerrymandered the voting districts there to ensure they remain in power forever. Illegals will get to vote in PRK starting in 2016 via automatic voter registration with each new driver license at the DMV, thereby further ensuring the Dems remain in power forever there. Add in the drought, uncontrollable fires annually, anti-gun attitudes, anti-God, pro-perverted sexual behaviors prevalent there, it’s no wonder that you miss your utopia. So, don’t hold back. Get that moving van loaded and get going.

      • LA24687

        We are here because your governors brought us here. Or are you committed to remember Greg Abbott’s campaign commercial where he wheeled his busted ass from California to Texas? Remember PERRY went up-and-down California trying to draw is here. What are Texans like it or not this is the reality of it; gay marriage is legal now in Texas weather Texans like it or not. Texas will be sued over at stance on illegal immigration and not issuing bursar typic it’s which is a constitutional guarantee. The federal government has already expressed their displeasure with Texas over that. Texas is a laughingstock of America. It’s a state many of us which would leave the union. California is like me come here for one reason and one reason only and that’s for the Financial benefits much like major companies get. No state income tax unloosed state sales tax just the name twp– we’re taking advantage of the system you set up nothing more. We’re not here for the sophistication level of any Texan that’s for sure. We’re out here for the culture. In fact a couple frozen yogurt has more culture than any Texan I’ve ever met. yes gays are coming from California I have to be one of them. What a local business tried to pull this bullshit, “family discount is for man and a woman only” I quickly got their mind right by doing with the corporate office. And guess what! I got that family discount. You say 3.00 IS dollars is worth fighting for when it comes to inbreds being taught a lesson inequality. The bad news for you is New Yorkers are also coming. And that’s because of the system you set up. I’m not anti-gun. I am however against giving Guns to the people that have no business having them. Unless you’re a police officer or something like that you clearly probably don’t have a need. And any need you try to communicate is probably a delusion of your own paranoid behavior unless you’re a police officer or something like that you clearly probably don’t have a need. And any need you try to communicate is probably a delusion of your own paranoid mindset. You can keep your barbaric religion. And my feeling is now rippling across America. Face it Texas is one of the last holdouts of the 1930s and 40s but it’s quickly fading fast. At the rate America and the GOP is going you can pretty much bet either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will be the next President. And that means potentially two more Supreme Court Justice appointees with the liberal slant. I’m proud to be a liberal. I didn’t leave the Republican Party they left me. When the Republican Party turn into a bunch of white racist trailer trash that’s when I walked

        • James Groce

          Look at the amount of butthurt flowing out of you! LOL! Texas is crushing all the libtard junk you so highly support. Just continue to “enjoy” all the things that irritate you here in Texas. It’ll lead to your early demise.

        • TrulyJulie

          What a load of hateful hogswallop.

  • CazzT

    Your first mistake was to take anything happening on tumblr seriously.

  • LouCipherdeVille

    A lot of Norwegians look up to America, and love to drive classic Amcars from the fifthies, listen to country music or rock n roll, and dream about living in a movie. You don’t have to go far from the cities before people arrange country festivals where they invite country artists from the US and try to live like cowboys for a weekend. It is said that except for the Texans themselves, Norway is the country with most cowboyhats per inhabitant in the world. So to go completely Texas is not a negative slang term.

    • Andre_Bue

      Yes you’re right. “Helt Texas” doesn’t have to be negative at all. 🙂

  • trieste

    Spot on, Texas Monthly! I use the expression myself now and then. I love Texas by the way!

  • Norwegians are taking over this comment section. We are the captain now Texas!

    • pelones

      Texans also don’t mind sharing the limelight with new friends.

  • trieste

    Det står om Norge i et blad i utlandet. Tenk det!

  • hakonbvinje

    I am a Norwegian residing in NYC:
    It is absolutely true. The term ‘texas’ is used when something gets out of hand. However, another US state has also coined an expression – Hawaii. In Norwegian, if something is ‘hawaii’ it is seemingly without care or a plan.

  • Carol Burnette

    How did jade helm turnout? Have yall come out of your bunkers yet?

  • Per Freisberg

    It was used and still is, as other people explained, to describe hectic and wild situations that kinda shock you or surprise you. This came up with the arrival of western movies – with Texas as the main place – and the display of wild shooting, stampeeds, brawls and lawlessness – so the slang “totally Texas” was created.
    Today – looking back at the legacy of GW Bushes being from Texas – the complete middle east is regarded as a place that is totally Texas – lawless, shootings, crazyness… and that thanks to…well 2 texans armed with the world biggest guns firing from the hip. So if any – the slang “totally Texas” is more spot on then it ever has been.

  • MystiqueLady

    Hey, we resemble that remark! 😉

  • PerpetuallyAme

    I love that you doubted it. Are Texans really not cognizant of the reputation they have outside of their state? Your level of crazy is rivaled only by Florida.

  • faceshaker

    I’m with Norway on this one. I also seriously doubt the use of “texas” as a synonym for “crazy” has anything at all to do with the Wild West. Rather, it has a great deal to do with the third richest state in the union coming in almost dead last in almost everything. Dead last in elder care. Almost dead last in public commitment to mental health. Almost dead last in public education (Norway? Here in Texas, it is not “education” but EDUMAKATION).

    I’m also concerned with what the world thinks of Texas’ world famous idiot-headed school board and textbook selectors. That all by itself gives credit to the perceptiveness of the Norwegians.

    Texas is a beautiful state. Lots of forests, some cool deserts and mountains, rich farmland, great canyons, etc. Too bad the people who live here in Redneckistan have ruined the place.

    • Herremin

      Incidentally Hawaii is also used, like in a football or basketball game where there is no defence and organisation, out-of-control in a fun, if at times frustrating way.

      • Utenlandsnordmann

        Uhm, maybe where you’re from. I’ve never heard the expression ‘hawaii’ used in Norway. “Helt texas” on the other hand is universal.

    • Utenlandsnordmann

      You can doubt it all you want; but it has nothing to do with the internal politics of Texas. We don’t know about and we don’t care about it at the age where the expression is learned – that is in early childhood. It’s an expression that I’ve known my entire life.

      So, thanks for talking so nicely about our perceptiveness – but you *are* talking out of your arse. 🙂

      Source: I’m norwegian.

    • Kæxn

      We Norwegians don’t know anything about Texas’ local politics as mentioned above, as it gets no press over here. It’s funny how the common everyman Norwegian still only associate Texas with cowboys and the Houston Space Center.

    • pelones

      Actually that is not just Texas fellow. I had no trouble with my ABCs, in fact as one of the least educated of my community I could easily hold my own intellectualy with any mome like you. I never met a New Yorker whose grammer I couldn’t correct, or a California golden child whose math and design I couldn’t pick apart, and my math is the equal to any engineering poser you can come up with and I only gradiated from 6th grade. I don’t hold a BSEE but I qualify for any position I care to pursue. UT and Texas A&M are two of the finest Engineering and Business schools in the country.

      • faceshaker

        I like your use of “gradiated” in place of graduated. No one is saying Texans are dumb. But Texas conservatives need their heads examined.

        By the way, what is a “mome”? Mome, mome on the range perhaps?

        • pelones

          Fool or blockhead, depending on the context of the statement.
          I don’t know how old you are but I saw the change in the “edumacation” system. So I took offense to your statement. It was a federal mandate -the beginning of no child left behind- that started the change. It wasn’t because of the present educational system in Texas. The disparity here was not between greater and lesser privileged communities, but between those who wanted to learn and those who wanted to play. At least in Houston we had all kinds of Magnate and Charter Schools. Houston especially, but Texas generally had needs for their workforce to support the oil and aeronautical industries. These required a certain amount of monies be poured back into the education system by these industries. Of course there are always holes but we were really hurt when the Dept of Education made us comply with their plans and screwed the system with their misguided robin hood arrangement of school budgets and curriculum. Essentially they hobbled Texas in a way that won’t reverse itself until we abandon the “No child left behind” mindset and let the actual educators make the decisions on the needs of their students. It isn’t just Texas that is the laughing stock of the educational system in the civilized world.

          • faceshaker

            Conservatism hit Texas especially hard. But Texas conservatism is quite different from, say, East coast conservatism, and to me at least, that’s where the biggest problems are. I grew up here in the Sixties, when Texas was primarily liberal but Dallas, where I grew-up, was patently conservative. I also went to a state university, which at the time I went in the Seventies was 18th in the nation for universities of its size. But since 1980, the wholesale defunding from the federal level to the state level has uprooted what was once a fine educational system. Beyond that, I’ve noticed a deep suspicion of anything remotely intellectual or academic here in Texas. That’s quite evident in the Texas State School Board in which the goobers from rural areas simply do not understand nor care about the concerns of urban Texans. They’ll say in public there is no mental illness in their districts–after, of course, they’ve sent their mentally ill to Dallas, San Antonio or Houston for treatment. They certainly don’t want to fund something they don’t see as a problem. The same is true of education.

            It’s the politicians who are giving us this bad reputation. Texas, like Kansas, is entering the Third World with nary a complaint from the state government.

          • pelones

            I never thought of Texas as particularly liberal. Houston yes after the 70s; Austin yes because of UT but the rest was oil and space and ranching.

  • Jørgen Lindseth

    You texans don’t need us norwegians to explain to you why “Texas” and “crazy” are practically synonyms, do you?
    Thinking about it now tho, I’m gonna start using “Florida” instead..

  • Ben

    So whenever you do something really cowardly like surrendering to the Germans then being their lap dogs, we can say that was totally Norwegian.

    • Herremin

      Read your history, mister. Despite having a weak military (the left feared the army in the 30s, the Germans were beaten back, until France was invaded). Also see the Norwegian Merchant Navy in both world wars. Or that Germany kept 300 000 soldiers in a country of 3 000 000. Or read about how Hitler’s nuclear program was stopped.

      • Ben

        The Germans marched through many a Norwegian city without a shot fired and had full cooperation of the Norwegian government and I wouldn’t be to proud of a commandeered by the British Merchant Navy.

        Can dish out ridiculous comparisons but can’t take it can you.

        • Jan Johansen

          Norway had almost no air force/air defence, so our army was totally harassed by the superiority of the Luftwaffe. Unlike those German teenage boys American generals Eisenhower and Patton fought on the Western Front in 1944, the German forces attacking Norway in 1940 was their elite units; Fallschirmjägers and Gebirgsjägers. Still the Norwegian army mangaged to fight on for 2 months, when Denmark, France, Belgium, Netherlands fell to the Wehrmacht within a few days in 1940.

          But from the Viking era to modern days, Norwegians have first and foremost been among the worlds best sailors. And even in 1940 Norway had the fourth largest merchant fleet in the world (second only to USA, UK and Japan). And almost all of it was put on the disposal of the United Kingdom from spring 1940. The surplus of the Norwegian merchant navy, equaled in tonnage more then all German sinking’s of allied ships from Dunkirk to Pearl Harbor.

          Without the Norwegian fleet and our merchant sailors, Hitler and his u-boots would probably had knocked the Britains out of the war even before the Americans could join it. Churchill later wrote that the only thing really worried him during WW2, was the imminent danger from the German u-boots in 1940-41. And Churchill put in his memoirs the value of the Norwegian Merchant Fleet equally to the worth of an army of 1 million soldiers. Not a small support to the allied cause from a people of only 3 millions!

          • Ben

            OK OK, nice Norwegian history from a socialist country, good spin. Isn’t no better than history lessons in any other country spun to make them look good, we held out for 2 months, blah blah blah, you surrendered, got conquered, your government sold out your civilians. That Merchant Navy was taken, not given willfully, gladly taken to weed out those U Boats, floating targets to see where torpedo’s it came from, cannon fodder.

            The USA’s industry is what kept Europe in the war, with out it you would either be speaking German or Russian right now, USA was supplying Europe and (yikes) Russia, way before they put troops in the war, they were also sanctioning the Axis.

            I am not from Texas by the way, and do not confuse my questioning of Norway for support of anyone, Stalin was the worst of the worst and the Allies funded him, both sides are horrible war criminals.

            You guys should stay off the racism, Norway isn’t known for being friendly to immigrants, and has it’s own race relation problems.

            Whenever I see a heroin addict now I will also call him Norwegian, really don’t like when the role is reversed, maybe I will just keep it to cowardly heroin addicts, that filthy bum who shoots up and abandoned his family is so Norwegian.

          • pelones

            Ben, do you make this stuff up as you go along. The Germans were an assault on all of Europe and northern Africa. Sure our might as a nation turned the tide but Norway could not stand against Germany for the same reason the First Nation People of America could not stand against White man’s tide. The leader of Norway probably saved a lot of lives by doing this. In fact it wasn’t the US who came to the aid of Norway, it was France and the UK. But then Germany invaded France and they had to withdraw. However, France didn’t leave the fight against They just went underground. We didn’t enter the war until the sinking of the Lusitania and by that time France had been overrun and England was in dire straits.
            You are definitely not a Texan because we don’t make our friends feel obligated or inferior to us because we helped them out of a tough spot. We knew our might and did not expect others to be able to match it. We also knew that if Germany had gone much farther we might not have been able to stop them. The wisdom of this became apparent when Japan attacked and we ended up fighting two wars at the same time.

          • Ben

            Your so called friends just use the name Texan as derogatory slang, meaning crazy, out of control and some times murderous people, the same people who held off entire country with a handful of soldiers, compared to Norway you guys are real men.

            Plus I know Norwegians are very sensitive when you challenge their world views, they are very narrow minded.

          • pelones

            This Ben guy is a troll like the LA guy.

        • Cecilie Wian

          City? You mean the huts gather together in the woods? We have very little cities. You can tap dance through them without getting sore feet. It is not Washington or New York…

          Norway was invaded due to the cost close to England, and the germans burnt down the northern part hoping to keep the russians (and the Brits) out of their hair.

          Still Tirpitz was our bounty, as well as the heavy water production that Hitler wanted for making A-bombs. Scharnhorst was a joint operation. Based on Norwegian intel and sailors.

          But that’s okay, i get you don’t learn much about other countries history. We hardly knew of pearl harbour until Ben Affleck came along in a uniform.

          • Morten A. Fagerli

            Speak for yourself. I knew about Pearl Harbour since like always and I believe that was pretty much common knowledge in Norway during the post war decades.

        • cominagetcha

          Norway never surrendered, the government moved to the United Kingdom and continued to fight against the German forces. Norway was the country that resisted German invasion for the longest outside of the Soviet Union. There were some Norwegians that cooperated with the Germans, but then there were Americans that did so as well, and American businesses selling the Nazi’s strategic materials.

          Still given the state of Texas’s educational system I can’t expect you to actually know your history, or do you focus on how Texan’s fought against the Mexican’s and later the Union to preserve slavery?

        • Max Bendecho

          This is not correct. Norwegians, Poles and the Brits dished out Hitlers first defeat:


          BTW: America did not save Europe from Hitler, rather from the Russians. Had D-Day happened two or three months later in 1944 and the advances along the Estern Front had meant that the Russians had taken most of Europe…

          if you quote history, then do it right…

        • Herremin

          Well… I had two relatives imprisoned by the Germans, for being part of the resistance, and another imprisoned by the Japanese. As for being tough, it is easy for you to be a keyboard warrior, or perhaps I should say troll.

    • Paul Birgensen

      No, in Norway we use “Do as the Swedes”.

    • Max Bendecho

      How many of your children kill other children with their parents guns again?


    • Chris Jensen

      How about totally Pearl Haber?

    • mr. Frost

      Haha!! Please read a history-book…

    • makrell_i_tomat

      Yeah, the same way we can say you were cowards surrendering to the yankees?

      To be fair, the nazis attacked Norway without a warning or a war declaration. The attack was also something unheard of, the first combined air, sea and land attack in history. Norway had a population of about 3mill inhabitans, an still the Nazis met their first defeat here. Norway held out longer than France, Poland, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and so on, with a fraction of the population.
      The most successfull comando squad during the war was Norwegian.

      • Ben

        I am not a Texan, I am from Minnesota. Not surprised that everyone here thinks like this with socialist schooling, Norwegian history looks at the world just like any other country now, they write history to show their own favor.

        • Hedningen

          Meanwhile in Norway and Sweden we seem to have a plague of children killing terrorists from the far right of the political spectrum…

    • Cpl. X / Norwegian Army Ranger

      Surrender? Never heard of her…

    • Thomas Videbæk

      You just insulted thousands of people that fought and died for Norway. Norwegians, Brits, French, Polish and Russian troops and citizens. The armies of four nations fought the invasion for months! The resistance fought for five years! You can’t hide your lack of education and knowledge, you cretin! You disgust me.

      • pelones

        Ben appears to be the kind of person who only reads clever but incorrect memes and attaches validity to them without the benefit of basic research. He should be ignored until he grows up.

    • pelones

      Neither funny nor true.

  • Roy Olsen

    It’s simply a somewhat misplaced reference to the wild west. Means wild as in unruly or ungovernable rather than crazy.

    /Roy of Norway – the 51st state.

  • ToyotaBedZRock

    They are using it in negative connotations. You seem to have missed that part of this.

  • Spiffers

    The Bush clan comes from Texas, that explains it rather well. More texas than Texas itself is Donald Trump, he is totally texas! Never trust a guy named after a duck!

    • James Groce

      The Bush clan originated on the east coast. Look it up.

  • Stian Grønland

    we reffer to Texas probably because of the old wild west like in the movies shooting, sheriffs, burglars etc.. it was all wild texas…

  • Alexandra Brakstad Kristensen

    I love this article. As a Norwegian I have used this expression always and it is quite fitting in many settings.

    When I use it, I think about cowboys shooting in the air with both guns on top of a running horse. Or the old TV show Bonanza (wich they still send on TV here saturday and sunday morning).

  • Magnus

    I’ve seen this story in a few news papers and blogs now. And I would like to commend Texas Monthly for being the first one I’ve seen to report about the origins of this term – the old west-reference. That’s good reporting (reporting the whole story, not just the part that makes for a good headline).

  • UpperTen

    Having grown up in Norway i can attest to that we used “Texas” to describe something wild and/or crazy. It was never used in a derogatory way, but like the article says it was more based on the notion that TX was indeed the wild west back in the day. BTW, we also used the name of Chicago to describe any party, especially if there had been a fight or two there…lol

  • Maverick_974

    These web-discussions are usually completely texas…

  • IL

    This is a quite old phrase in norwegian, I used it as a kid 25 years ago. The phrase probably originates from back when movies about the wild west became popular. Also there is a western book series called “Morgan Kane” which was immensely popular in Norway in the 70s, almost all norwegian youth read it at the time and it sort of defined a generation. So the phrase is most commonly used among people in their 30s, 40s or 50s, and not so much among youths or teenagers today.

    • Morten A. Fagerli

      And there were comic books like Sølvpilen (Silver Arrow), Tex Willer and of course Texas.

  • Dag Bjørge Malmo

    This is an
    expression with origin from western movies watched by many Norwegians. There is
    no disrespect behind this, and is only referring to the movies J

  • Thomas Rieber-Mohn

    I’m a norwegian in Norway. The expression “Texas” came as a result of us watching old western’s (movies), and has nothing to do with Texas in 2015.

  • Stian Hansen

    For information, “helt texas” is usually not directly negative, just slightly out of control, impulsive and sometimes risky.

  • Dag Bjørge Malmo

    This is an
    expression with origin from western movies watched by many Norwegians. There is
    no disrespect behind this, and is only referring to the movies.

  • maria

    Im from Norway, funny to see how this article is spreading here. Yes, we indeed use that term. I’v even heard police use it to describe caotic situations.

  • Ida Landberg

    No reason to be offended! The expression has nothing to do with American politics or that one does not like Americans or the USA. It has got to do with “the wild west” and cowboys and outlaws and all that stereotypics from western-films.

    “Det var vill vest” (it was like the wild west”) is another similar expression!

  • Paul Birgensen

    This is also related to the Oil and Gas industry, there has been alot of texans (or employees of your Houston O&G companies) in Norway and alot of norwegians in Houston. In the early 80s the Oil and Gas companies did alot of easy fix for complex problems that not always turned out posivitvly, so the Cowboy expression meant like fixing a tubing with ducktape, it works on the ranch, why not applied to an oilwell. The “cowboy” expression have been merged with texan, and if a company operates without any procedures etc, and everything is caotic the term Texas is used (image in the head of a norwegian when using the term : A a crasy ranch owner firing his guns at everything he see while spitting tobacco and eating ribs).

    • pelones

      I don’t remeber his name but I worked with a Norwegian petroleum engineer at a company called Eastman Whipstock Corp (the directional drilling company) in Houston, in the 80s. The one thing I do remember is that he hated american piss-water beer. So I introduced in to a Margarita. I was a high dollar electronic technician so we didn’t work together much.

  • Fluckenstuffen

    :-B So funny, yes we have used this expression for many years. Finnish people has an even better expression: “I spoke Norwegian last night!” “Meaning I drank to much and puked” To Finnish people the Norwegian language sounds veeeery sloooow. The sound of throwing up is usually also veeery sloow : uuuuuuaaaaaaaaggghhhhh!!! The next time you go to Finland and see someone with a world class hangover. Ask him if he spoke Norwegian last night. He will probably laugh and invite you to cure his hangover with a Lonkero http://ontroadfanzine.blogspot.no/2014/03/lonkero-original-national-drink-of.html

  • Russell Steadman

    Texas is crazy! Crazy beautiful. Norway hasn’t had a hit since the 80’s AHA Take on me.

    • blubb

      well… while there haven’t been any number 1s, there have been some hits.
      “the fox”(#6 in the US), “am I wrong”(#4 in the US), and both of them have been number 1 in some other countries.

    • Alexandra Brakstad Kristensen

      Well. I think maybe Kygo would qualify.

  • Alexander Bertlin Dalbakk

    It refers to certain conditions seen in old western movies, where the cowboys drink whiskey like it was water, and shoot from their hips!

  • Hi y´all.
    I think the article gives a fair description and please don´t be worried or offended; we´re in no way near vikingraid-crazy with this expression. No, seen with my Norwegian eyes “totally Texas” can actually be a compliment as chaos can be much more entertaining than boring orderly stuff and maybe even fruitful.
    One thing I don´t see mentioned so far is that the expression can also describe something that feels oversized or have very big dimensions.
    Kind regards.

  • Lill

    The expression originates from the wild west. The expression is still used, and the reason it is still in circulation, I believe is because many Norwegians consider Texas to be a bit of “old fashioned”, due to the conservative legislation around death penalty, gun policies, abortion and also peculior paragrafs like “your not allowed to milk your neighbours cow” keeps the expression alive. Although most do actually know that most people are modern normal people. Totally Texas, huh? -Sincerly the vikings

  • Bastian

    Most Norwegians use expressions relating to other countries or states. I would argue that the expression “helt Texas” isn’t all that bad. I’d be more upset if I was from Poland. Norwegians use the expression “det var polsk riksdag” (it was a Polish parliament) when they describe something absolutely crazy with a bad outcome. Like if there was a fight in a coffee shop and someone got hurt, they would compare to the Polish parliament. Whilst if it was a crazy party (in a good way), they would say “it was Texas”. Also “er du helt svensk?” (are you completely Swedish?) means “are you an idiot”? So in a way it’s an honor that Norwegians use the expression, “helt Texas” – i a good way.

    • KaffeGlad

      “Polsk Riksdag” is an expression used in all the scandinavian countries, but it is also well known in german speaking countries, Holland and even in Poland!
      The expression is mostly used to describe an assembly that is too easy for minorities or individuals to disrupt and/or has too many parties present for meaningful and orderly debate and decision-making to take place.

  • Carl

    Texas is synonymous with chaos in Nowegian, crazy liberal weapon laws, stand your ground policy, George W bush, etc. I use it often to describe very chaotic situations, eksample: it was Texas at work yesterday.
    Im 25 years old(young).

  • TheLoudHorn

    Texas however does not quite hold monopoly of American states used as expressions in Norwegian.
    Hawaii is used often in a sports. The expression “Hawaii Football/Soccer” or any other teamsport really.

    It means more or less, where two teams’ formation and structure have gone completely
    out the window, and both teams are throwing everyone into attacking the
    opponent. This tends to happen in high intensity games where the midfields are completely
    worn down and the ball flies from one end of the pitch to the other and back.
    Or pretty much like how 7 year olds play soccer 🙂

    I have no clue where it originates from, but could have something to do with the wild
    structure and designs of Hawaiian shirts.

    • kjellpropell

      I think Hawaii is used because the game goes back and forth like the Waves…

  • Lars Ovlien

    Here’s an ad from the norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, dating back to 1983, when the expressions obviously was already established.

  • Nordmannir

    … and it was Texas in Norway when we found oil…

  • He He..It’s an old thing from the late 60’s and 70’s… since the old Gunsmoke and Bonanza series…
    And It’s a good thing….. Many good actors have been doing good roles are from Texas, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey, Forrest Whitaker,Larry Hagman, Woody Harrelson, Lou Diamond Phillips, Dennis & Randy Quaid, Powers Boothe, Bruce Mcgill, and many more…

    So It’s not to insult the Texans…. Don’t mess with Texas was the word from my texan friend when I met him in Atlanta , GA in 1984…

    Many greetings from Norway…

    PS. Be happy you don’t have norwegian taxes and gas prices.. we defenately want US prices in Norway… about 1US gal lqd= 3.78 metric litre x 1,8 USD = 6,80 USD pr. US Gallon… 😉

  • Osmond Portifoy

    Norway: the land of ice, drunks and druggies. If the whole country vanished under an ice storm nobody would notice.

    • …Osmond…
      Have you been neglected by an norwegian girl…and want to give payback….?
      You poor thing….

      • Osmond Portifoy

        I know better than to mess with a Norwegian girl. There aren’t enough strong antibiotics in the world to cure their social diseases. That and I abhor sloppy drunks.

    • ..we have ice storms every summer.
      Oh, but maybe not in the north if it´s clear skies that day..

    • mr. Frost


    • Thomas Videbæk

      I think you have us confused with Texas? Drunks and druggies is what Texas is known for today. Lots of white trash and Mexicans.

  • Jonn Mero

    Aussies also use ‘Texas’ in the same manner, and refer to load-mouthed, parochial dimwits as ‘Texans’, something accentuated after the dubya presidency. Bit like a US American is a ‘seppo’, from septic tank, rhyming slang for yank, which is used for all US Americans.

  • ottarbirkeland

    I’m Norwegian, 46 years old. The word “texas” was in use as slang in Norwegian my childhood too. So it is pretty old slang, and probably more used 30-40 years ago than today. My guess is that the word entered Norwegian during the time the classic american Western movies was very popular 1940-1975. Texas is the largest and most known state “in the old west” for us and something wild, chaotic was texas.. like the Texas we saw in the movies.

  • Justme

    I`m a Norwegian and for what its worth we also use the word “hawaii” when something is very unorganised, mostly in sports. “it`s totally hawaii out there now!” (said in Norwegian ofcourse)

  • Chris Jensen

    Guilty as charged – with no remorse. “Helt texas”; totally texas, goes back at least 40-50 years.

    It basically describes destructive, chaotic and/or dangerous situation caused by (numbers of) people out of control and whit zero consideration for fellow man or consequences in general. Much like a western movie crazy shootout or bar fight.

    Whether the expression will live on in generations to come remains to be seen. Same goes for Texan influence on the Norwegian language.

    By the way. An area in Norways second largest city, Bergen, was nicknamed ‘Chicago’ due to its high crime rate.

  • HeilageDu

    Take it as a compliment, ya’ll!

  • FlyNavy72

    That’s OK, Down South, we use the word Yankee in the same manner. If you are not from down South, you’re a Yankee. I don’t care if you are from Oregon or Canada. But again, it is all done in fun.

    You also have to understand, that in other parts of the world, the US consists of California,Texas, and New York,… and Disneyworld. The other parts of the country don’t exist.

    • KPG

      haha–LOVED these!!

  • Hanne Alvilde Olsen

    It’s not meant as an inuslt, it’s just a little bit of fun. Bad soccer or handball is referred to as “Hawaiian”.

  • Morten
    • FlyNavy72

      Uncle Billie Bob, I’ve been wondering where you were. I thought you had been shot.

  • meandmyview

    This is news? How can this be news? Can’t believe it took this long. This term is decades old.

  • meandmyview

    As a Norwegian, I would like to apol… no, I don’t.

  • Pernille Berg

    When we norwegians say “helt texas” its often ment in a positive way – wild, crazy, like its cool / fun / crazy in a good way, but almost “over the top”. It’s also connected to the phrase “everything is big in Texas” and a myth? that its typical for Texas with “exaggerations” like the hamburgers are not just big in Texas, but more like enormous, and more like dinner for two. So if I got a really huge burger in a resturant, I could have use the phrase “Oj, den burgern var skikkelig texas” or Wow, that was a really texas burger, mening huge, over the top big.

  • Sturla Molden

    This article is far too diplomatic. The adjective is negatively sounding and means “chaotic”, “out of control”, “dangerous”, “lawless” or “anarchy”. It came from the perception of Texas as a failed state. A neighborhood can be described as “totally texas” if it is somewhere you can expect to me mugged.

    If someone says the situation after a football match was “completely texas” it means the situation was chaotic and volatile, or even resulting in open rioting the police could not control.

    “Texas” is certainly not a positive sounding word meaning “crazy”. The younger generation of Norwegians might use it to describe a fun a crazy party, but that is not what the adjective actually means.

  • Cahill

    You’ll love what my grandmother in law taught me the other day: she uses Yankee to describe something handy or easier than supposed. “Oh the TV set’s up the channels on it’s own? That was Yankee” from Norway

  • Jerome Barry

    That is totally oklahoma.

  • Erlend Hallstensen

    Texas is been used in another situation: The patrol leader in the Norwegian army have to do and superwise a “Texas Sibir”. This is a two part operation:

    Texas – is that every man/woman have to check and clean their gun, so it is ready for use.
    Sibir – is to check the feets and hands for blisters, cuts and frostbites. If the feets or hands are in bad condition, you are not able to do your best.

    (And if you get a Las Vegas, you have to count hi value equipment)

  • Snookhookr

    Norway…..the brilliance that awarded Yassir Arafat and Barack Obama a “peace prize,”
    Texas uses the word “Norwegian” as slang to mean “socialist pantywaist.”

  • GED

    I just managed to get past ‘Trump’ and settle into Texas as a new immigrant. I am enjoying dispelling myths to my friends abroad, craziest being: Texans are afraid of ‘gays’, much like Muslims and Russians. globaleditorial.blogspot.com

  • Sue

    As a Floridian (the other crazy state) I feel for my Texan brethren. We may not be respected for our intelligence, class or even common sense, but we gots guns, so who cares?

  • Agurken

    Shoot first, then ask – lawless society in therm of the “old Texas”.

  • Cat

    Bullshit, I’m from Norway. Couple of oldies trying to be “hip”

  • Packer

    As a Norwegian immigrant to Texas I apologize on behalf of my former countrymen. The truth is: Norwegians have a deep affection for everything American. Just open any Norwegian newspaper and you’ll find stories from USA side-by-side with local news. Unfortunately, the fascination with America isn’t always based on real knowledge of life over here, which lends itself to “Wild West” stereotypes. Having said that, there is no malicious intent in the use of “Texas” – it’s mostly used in a humorous context, which is more than you can say for the metaphor for cheating: “Do a Spanish” (ta en spansk en)!

  • Arve Aksnes

    It’s not that common in Norway, but it’s sometimes used to describe a chaotic and absurd situation.” It was completely Texas” or “It was completely wild- west” I can assure you that it is in no way a term used to disrespect Texans or americans in general. Today “completely middle- east” would be a better term, at least untill the muslims move the middle- east to Europe, and I can assure you that they are on their way to do so.

  • Peter

    Norwegian here, that’s news to me. I’ve heard of the term ‘ville vesten’, meaning ‘Wild West’, but never have I heard of Texas being used as an adjective. I guess I would understand what it meant if I came across the expression, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard it been used before.

    Then again, we do associate America and the different states with different things. I guess you could make those slang. Examples:
    – “Your house is all North Dakota.” Meaning: The house is basically barren with nothing interesting in it.
    – “I’m not going to that party at Dave’s. Heard it’s like Utah in there.” Meaning: It’s incredibly boring and mormons are probably praying in there.
    – “Went to my family reunion last weekend, it went entirely Florida.” Meaning: Incest.
    – “Trying to buy a new house, but that last house viewing was very Mississippi.” Meaning: The house was a shithole.

  • Diskutabel

    Thread carefully now, what if they learned that we use the word “chicago” as a nickname for a sosial housing project in Bergen. That would be totally texas…

  • Joe Kincaid

    Norwegian is slang for limp-wristed, hand wringing, sniveling mudslime loving fool.

    • Hedningen

      How nice of you to confirm every stereotype the whole world have of US Americans. 🙂

    • KPG

      @ Joe Kincaid –WOW! Feel better, now that YOU’ve VOMITED? *God bedring*!!

  • John Locke

    Funny, often use the “nord” to describe someone as “ignorant” or uninformed. eg “Joe Biden is completely nord when it comes to how close you can stand or hold or try to kiss another mans wife or daughter”

  • Herdis Rødskar

    We’re just HUGE fans of Texas and Texans!

    A Norwegian

  • Arne Bernander

    Interesting to see that most commentators here are Norwegians – who suddenly started to read Texas Monthly?
    No, the reason is that norwegians are slightly narsissistic, and can’t understand that the rest of the world don’t really care about Norway. Norwegians believe that Norway is probably the most important and perfect country in the world. So when a foreign newspaper writes about Norway/norwegians, it actually becomes headlines in norwegian newspapers.
    Yes, that Texas Monthly wrote this article is on the front page of norwegian newspapers on the internet now!!!
    Yes, texans could actually likewise say “it was so norwegian” – as in witnessing a boring or naive gathering of people.

    • pelones

      Actually I don’t find Norway boring at all. I would love to explore the fjords and see the Northern lights. You do have to possess a certain mentality to live in a country that is dark much of the year. Your average Texan would go stir crazy before the sun come back up.
      At first I took offence because my first knowledge of it came from an article written by someone who didn’t like Texas. Then I stumbled on this article and was relieved that it wasn’t necesarily a bad thing, and used by folks who are kind of our opposites; though our histories are rather similar. Our sense of humor is also equally powerful. I do wonder though, where the myth of the horns on a Viking Helm came from. I think the same place as the Wild West.

  • Frode Løtvedt

    Oh no, Texas are on to us…

  • Carl Frederick

    We do actually use it for people as well. And in case some of you didnt get it, it usually has a positive connotation.

  • Benjamin Hadland

    How on earth did a discussion about a silly Norwegian expression end up being a fight about which state is the best one??? This is totally texas!!

  • R_Florida

    The expression relates to something that that took a wrong turn and suddenly got out of the normal, but would be normal in Texas. Not the specific action in it self, but the mentality of it. And this is not only because of the cowboys and the old days, but how we see the Texans today. The right of wearing a concealed weapon, and your trespassing laws are the core of this. Killing someone that are stepping on your ground past a trespassing sign, being legal, are looked at as crazy in Norway (and most of the rest of the world). An example is the 16 year old exchange student Yoshihiro Hattori, who rang the bell on a residence house in Texas, dressed out in trick and treat costume, in order to get som candy, only to get shot in his face to his death, because he did not see some trespassing signs in the dark. The fact that a large portion of Texans being ok and relaxed with this, makes Texas being “totally texas”.

    • Jan Johansen

      Trigger Warning! That was a typical left wing Norwegian point of view. Most other Norwegians use the Helt Texas-expression positively. But off course left wingers always try to hi jack popular expressions, trying to twist them to be ironic and sarcastic.

      • KPG

        THAT is SO true! And is THE biggest HATE I have for what Norway *is* or has become since WWII…My biggest PEEVE is how Lefties control so much over here that we *conservatives* have often had to say: “Norway is the last Soviet State”…and MEAN it. But I doubt that the rest of the world is aware of that… Unfortunately.

    • Sykleper

      What?? You could not be more wrong.

  • Well, and with a man like Donald Trump running for President,
    it seems like the whole USA is going to become TOTALLY TEXAS,,

    Regards from Norway.

  • Yngve Johansen

    Well, it is just as common to say “vill vest” (wild west) about something crazy or out of hand up here in the polar bear poo cold north. But all the assumptions about the origin of using the term “Texas” is correct.

    • 0v3 3v3n53n

      Jupp, it is almost “ville vesten”(helt texas) in this coment field 😉

  • moderate Guy

    Oh come on, now. “Norway” is not a real country. You just made it, and the story, up.
    Good one.

  • Arne Fjærli

    It is important to point out here that Norwegians use this expression in a positive context, commenting things that are “outta this world” with this expression, not in a negative manner. Let us say for example that the scene where the plane flies upside down in the movie “Flight” happened for real we would say that was “helt Texas”. I guess it comes from a distant admiration for the Western aura or something that established itself sometime in the past.

  • Martin

    Norwegian here. It’s not meant as an insult, and it doesn’t have anything to do with any political issues / disagreements. We use the word as a combination of “wild” and “untamed”. Some media is trying to spin it as something we just started using because of gun-control or whatever, but that’s not the case.

  • Jonas Bergan Endresen

    This comment section will forever be remembered as a national treasure, on the line with Take On Me and The Fox.

  • P K Fjeldkårstad

    Another expression we use : Hawaihokey or Hawaifotball ( to tell that the hokey or fotball ( soccer ) game was wild , not to normal standard

  • Robert

    So in Norway is “Oklahoma” slang for bland and uninteresting? If not, it really should be.

  • Jonas Riise

    This Comment thread is “helt Texas”!

  • Kai Rosenlund

    As a Norwegian that lived in Texas in the 1980’s, I must say I am proud of having been a part of Texas and the people living there. And I often miss it.

    The expression comes from a time when things powerd by steam was the fastest communication in existents. In Norway, Texas was just a rumor, a dream. John Wayne, and others, has since fueled this.

    However, back in 1985, I believe, afternoon traffic information in Houston they said: “Avoid Cathy Freeway towards Galveston, two cars driving that direction are shooting at each other.”

    Anyway, if something is worse then “helt Texas”, we say “jul i Japan”. (Christmas in Japan). Than it is really crazy.

    So sorry, Texans, you are only second!

    • blubb

      never heard of “Jul i Japan”. could it be something local?

      • Kai Rosenlund

        I have heard it diferent places in Norway, so I did not think so.

        • blubb

          weird. I couldn’t find it when i googled it either, but you’re probably right

  • Ami

    Considering Bush1, Bush2, Bush3, Louie Gohmert, Canadian Cruz, Ricky Perry, Joe “I apologize to BP” Barton and the fact that in Texas Republicans passed a law that a resident can use a gun owner’s permit to get voter i.d. but NOT official school photo i.d. to get a voter’s card, just to name a few I’d say, “Smart people those Norwegians.”

  • dette1

    I am from Norway. The background for this is all the western movies on tevision or Cinemas in the 70’s, 80’s. When I was a kid, this is how Usa was for us. So when we use fthe phrase yout can relate it too all western movies, even spagettiwestern with Clint Eastwood…. 😉

  • FehlingLike_uNoT

    This is so Texas, I think I`ll movie to Kornyfornia to be a 100% Norwegian.

  • LostBoyPA

    You elected George W. Bush and Rick Perry as Governors. Be thankful “Texas” is only being used as a substitute for “crazy.”

  • Kim Andre Andersen

    So fun seeing this article. The phrase is usually used to over exaggerate a story, or situation, to seem funny. I live in Oslo, and (in my own experience) most often hear the phrase from “tacky” guys, or people with a large personality. Rest assured tho, we do not use this as an insult to Texas. I have never actually give the origin of the phrase any thought before i read this article.

  • Mansgame

    Texas is like something out of a movie to outsiders (and even longterm residents). Where else do they throw a kid out of a school for having electronic parts but say that schools need to have guns (yes, I know, college). Where else do they want to fight religious extremists in other countries but are extremists themselves but instead of a white robe wear a cheap suit?

  • Mari Skulstad

    I have NEVER heard that before in my entire life.. must be some weird people around here. Yes, I am from Norway.

    • Tommy Stormo

      Then you havn’t paid attention… 😉 Or read any cowboy books and so on… We have had the word since 1957… at least…

  • Petter Smart

    A lot of comments here are from Norwegians. I guess the reason is that Norwegians are not allowed to post comments in their own online papers. They are afraid of loosing control of the contents (“going completely Texas”, haha), so they dont let their readers comment on articles. Pretty much like a kindergarden with no free speech! So thank you TexasMonthly allowing comments also when it sometimes gets out of hand!!

    • Nikki Santoro

      Or perhaps they don’t want some crazy Texans after them.

  • Torkild U. Resheim

    Apparently the first confirmed use of this term was in a novel from 1957. In the (Norwegian) army we also had a term involving the name Texas. This was a winter time procedure called “texas-sibir”, or “Texas Siberia”. This is when your sergeant would enter the tent and demand to inspect your weapon for proper maintenance and your feet for frost damages.

  • Swag Valance

    Everyone here knows it’s “Florida”. But hey — Europe. They have a chain in France called “Indiana Tex-Mex”.

  • FarmerJack

    They are using “Texas” as a way of saying crazy awesome or crazy good….they are saying it in a positive manner, so all you idiots saying they are making fun of Texas/Texans are off your rocker.

  • COL Bull-sigh

    “Norway” is word used in the Nation of Texas to mean “Ignorant Keynesian Socialists”. Bernie Sanders, you’ve found your new home for after you lose the nomination. By the way, when the Nation of Texas is free, it will be the 7th largest economy in the world, far surpassing ALL of the socialist paradises of Scandinavia.

    • Nikki Santoro

      You are batsht texas. Uncle Sam would blow you to bits.

  • cato østerhaug

    The term “helt texas” is for “wild” situations but not political matters, for political/government chaotic situations the term “polish parliament” is used (Polsk riksdag)

  • Day Nomir

    Not to add an insult to the injury but a word “Texas” has similar meaning in Slovenian language too. Although I used to hear it more often in the past (and I relate that to the popularity of Westerns a few decades ago) it is still used in informal language and slang. It holds true for Slovenia too that it does not carry Antiamerican or Antitexan sentiment (there is assortment of other words for the former, I am afraid). But it does describe chaotic and mainly (but not always) a negative situation that arises from the lack of rules. Like this one, from the internet conversation: “There is a total Texas in the area of testing and safety of bottled water.” I have also noted that the word “Texas” occasionally appears in similar terms in Croatian, Bosnian and Serbian languages (those are quite similar)… I learnt about this article on BBC (http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34622478). At first I didn’t understand why it was newsworthy but now I’ve got the picture. And by the way, all the best about Texans, haven’t met as friendly people anywhere else in the US, and I have travelled the country a lot.

    • KPG

      Day Nomir

      –THAT’S interesting! A little comment concerning your last sentence here…It’s about a gal I knew in college (way back in the 60’s!!): She came from Texas and studied ART at Mass. College of Art in Boston. She had a fairly deep vertical “furrow” between her eyes; and used to explain that it disappeared when she got back home in TEXAS; that’s when she was “all smiles and happy” 😉

  • Robin Hood

    It’s actually a derogatory term, it means bonkers, mental etc. It’s because of the backwardness, Norway is a very advanced society with great human rights, virtually no religion, and very forward thinking, kinda the opposite to Texas.

  • UrDaddie

    Y’all Norwegians should worry that Texans might start referring to boring things as being totally Norway. Jus sayen….

    personal disclaimer: Norway, of course, is no more boring than Texas is crazy.

  • Ludwig Van Diesel

    I live in Norway these days. I’ve heard the adjectival use of ‘texas’ as something akin to the Wild West. (Many people in the Germanic countries – especially those with a more conservation political orientation – seem to have an endless fascination with anything having to with the Old West, cowboys, country music, etc.) Yet I have also heard ‘Texas’ used as a kind of shorthand for everything that’s wrong with the US – which is why it’s fun to watch Norwegians’ reactions when I tell them that Austin is in many ways more liberal than Norway.

  • Harald Ryeng

    Howdy, Y’all in Texas ! It’s been interesting for a North Norwegian cowboy who rode the range with Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill to see how you react to this phrase of ours. And, no, it has nothing whatsoever to do with politics.
    In my very young days there was a dime story magazine called “Texas” telling us all the true stories about the wild west. That is why we reckon Texas a south-western region of our country where things may be awefully wild.

    It looked like this: http://www.qxl.no/pris/tegneserier/texas/texas-nr-9-1954/v/an810703006/ and it happened to include stories of the Canadian mounties…
    Texas somehow became synonymous with the whole wide wild west…

  • Zone Monk 88

    Ever get really sleepy and sluggish after a large meal, then go sit on the toilet and pinch off a Norwegian and suddenly feel really awake?

  • kpennington

    Thank you Norway for giving us this expression. It really captures what a lot of us Americans think about Texas. They want to cede from the U.S. and most of the U.S. would be more than happy to see them go and take their “low information” voters with them. They are what we call a “taker” state, meaning they take $1.50 in tax dollars for every $1.00 they pay. Probably didn’t make the news in Norway, but they were actually afraid the federal government was going to invade them during a military training exercise call Jade Helm. Oh Texas you’re so, um texas!

  • texaslass

    I can understand the Wild West connection, but before reading the article, I thought “texas” meant “crazy” because in many ways Texas is the anti-Jante.

  • Meanwhile, the Norgies are blaming their women for being raped by Muslim “immigrants”; virtually all rapes in the country are now committed by such immigrants. The Norgies get what they deserve.


  • Izzy Freedmanovich

    How about the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan’s genius electric guitar? The space program? Hey y’all snowboyds, what have you done for us lately? Yogurt on ice, anyone?

  • Vetle

  • Hallvard Furuseth

    Also, American conditions – “amerikanske tilstander” – tends to mean conditions we hear of from USA and don’t want here in Norway. Obesity, elections full of negative ads, the power of money, etc. Except those conditions tend to arrive here anyway. Also people (ab)use the phrase to grab attention when they’re actually talking of doing American stuff.

  • Ahmeed Atgeir Nyttingnes

    Texas is nuts!

    Greetings from Norway

  • Vestavind

    As a Norwegian i can explain some of it. We use the phrase “Helt Texas” to explain the something got out of control ore a party went wild. It’s not used as a mean term, but more to explain that something are crazy or fun.
    The phrase have been used since the 60’s and are probably related to the western films from that period.
    Best regards from Norway.

  • Rune Guldberg

    When we where Kids we stole materials to build a small Village with 5 huts. This was in the 70. so the parents didnt worry about anything. We made a big arrow sign with the name Texas. All of us had cowboy gear. The real Texas was the big shootout, with kaos and mange. There was at last 1 cowboy movie pr. week on the only state tv channel. A comboy was a gun shooting rebel. When we learned the cow part it was a downer.

  • Sverre Munthe

    The adjective “wild west” is actualy more common for my generation (1958).