A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 07, 2010
“Serious as a snake bite” ("Serious as a snakebite")

"Serious as a snake bite” (or “serious as a snakebite") means very serious, indeed. A snake bite could cause serious illness or death—and Texas has plenty of snakes.

The phrase “serious as a snakebite” has been cited as a Texas expression by at least 1996.


25 February 1996, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Piney Woods history buffs talk Texan” by Kent Biffle:
Some Texas expressions are plain foolishness. Others are serious as a snakebite.

13 December 1996, Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, “Cowboy Kudos,” pg. 8:
Congratulations, Cowboy. When we say you deserved to lasso the award, we’re serious as a snake bite.

Google Books
One tough Texan
By M. J. Rodgers
Toronto: Harlequin Books
1997
Pg. 148:
“You’re not serious.”
“Just as serious as a snake bite.”

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From: Margaret
Date: 1999/09/30
Subject: Re: Incredible shrinking bathrobe

Linda, I was ‘serious as a snakebite’, as they say in West Texas! 

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Saturday, August 07, 2010 • Permalink