Don’t Mess With Texas – Where’d That Expression Come From?
I was telling Chad this morning that I was looking at Reddit.com and was surprised the the expression, "Don't Mess with Texas", was unknown to some people as an anti-littering campaign in the Lone Star State. It has become part of pop culture to say that phrase when you are referring to a Texan or when the state of Texas does something most states don't, which happens a lot.
Others that I didn't know about include "Nerd". That was created by Dr. Seuss in his 1950 book, If I Ran the Zoo. "Big Brother is watching" is from the book, 1984, not something recently created about the NSA. "Good Riddance" is from Shakespeare.
You can read more of the origination of many phrases you hear almost everyday here.