Old West Words

vintage cowboy reading old west words dictionary
 When it comes to colorful speech, the cowboy is a master at mixing simple images from nature with their own brand of slang.  This hybrid language is an American classic and probably one of the reasons the cowboy is so warmly regarded as a true western original.
Part of the fun of this language is learning how to speak it for yourself and since some of you may not have an authentic old time Rosetta Stone Cowboy close by, we have assembled a fun dictionary to help you along. 
Here are just a few of the great words you'll find in our Cowboy Lingo Dictionary (no hat required).

Adam’s Ale:  water
Air in Lungs:  cussin'
All Horns and Rattles:  fit of temper
Bad medicine: bad news
Bait: food 
Barking at a Knot:  trying the impossible
Chuck Wagon Chicken:  bacon
Corral Dust:  Lies and tall tales
Cottonwood Blossom:  a man lynched from the limb of a tree
Desert Canary:  a burro
Flannelmouth: a talkative person
Happifying : making happy
Hindsite First : backwards
Idaho Brain Storm – dust storm
Kansas Sheep Dip –Whiskey
Lammy – a blanket 
Off One’s Feed – no appetite
Roastineer – unhusked corn roasted over an open fire
Tear Squeezer:  a sad story

We will always be adding words to our vocabulary so check back often. Next project - updating our western phrases page, I'll post the announcement when it is completed. Until then we leave you with a Will Rogers classic :
“There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by readin’. The few who learn by observation.
The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”


 As Always,
Happy Trails to Christmas


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