Some of my photographs that were captured by me of love and joy.


Code of The West

Don’t inquire into a person’s past. Take the measure of a man for what he is today.

Never steal another man’s horse. A horse thief pays with his life.

Defend yourself whenever necessary.

Look out for your own.

Remove your guns before sitting at the dining table.

Never order anything weaker than whiskey.

Don’t make a threat without expecting dire consequences.

Never pass anyone on the trail without saying “Howdy”.

When approaching someone from behind, give a loud greeting before you get within shooting range.

Don’t wave at a man on a horse, as it might spook the horse. A nod is the proper greeting.

After you pass someone on the trail, don’t look back at him. It implies you don’t trust him.

Riding another man’s horse without his permission is nearly as bad as making love to his wife. Never even bother another man’s horse.

Always fill your whiskey glass to the brim.

A cowboy doesn’t talk much; he saves his breath for breathing.

No matter how weary and hungry you are after a long day in the saddle, always tend to your horse’s needs before your own, and get your horse some feed before you eat.

Cuss all you want, but only around men, horses and cows.

Complain about the cooking and you become the cook.

Always drink your whiskey with your gun hand, to show your friendly intentions.

Do not practice ingratitude.

A cowboy is pleasant even when out of sorts. Complaining is what quitters do, and cowboys hate quitters.

Always be courageous. Cowards aren’t tolerated in any outfit worth its salt.

A cowboy always helps someone in need, even a stranger or an enemy.

Never try on another man’s hat.

Be hospitable to strangers. Anyone who wanders in, including an enemy, is welcome at the dinner table. The same was true for riders who joined cowboys on the range.

Give your enemy a fighting chance.

Never wake another man by shaking or touching him, as he might wake suddenly and shoot you.

Real cowboys are modest. A braggert who is “all gurgle and no guts” is not tolerated.


Be there for a friend when he needs you.

Drinking on duty is grounds for instant dismissal and blacklisting.

A cowboy is loyal to his “brand,” to his friends, and those he rides with.

Never shoot an unarmed or unwarned enemy. This was also known as “the rattlesnake code”: always warn before you strike. However, if a man was being stalked, this could be ignored.

Never shoot a woman no matter what.

Consideration for others is central to the code, such as: Don’t stir up dust around the chuckwagon, don’t wake up the wrong man for herd duty, etc.

Respect the land and the environment by not smoking in hazardous fire areas, disfiguring rocks, trees, or other natural areas.

Honesty is absolute – your word is your bond, a handshake is more binding than a contract.

Live by the Golden Rule.

Old West Insults

He was mad enough to swallow a horn-toad backwards.                   

He’s so mean he’d steal a fly from a blind spider.                                     

He was so mean, he’d fight a rattler and give him the first bite.            

He was mean enough to steal a coin off a dead man’s eyes.                

He made an ordinary fight look like a prayer meetin’.                              

He was mean enough to eat off the same plate with a snake.               

He was so mad he could bite himself.                                                    

When I’m done with you, there won’t be enough left of you to snore.   

He was mean enough to hunt bears with a hickory switch.                  

 He was uglier than a new-sheared sheep.                                                 

 He has teeth so crooked he could eat corn on the cob through a picket fence.                                                                                                      His face was puckered like wet sheepskin before a hot fire.               

 Her face looks like a dime’s worth of dog meat.                                        

He was ugly as a burnt boot.                                                                         

 He was so ugly he had to sneak up on a dipper to get a drink of water.                                                                                                                    He looked like the hindquarters of bad luck.                                            

 His lip hangs down like a blacksmith’s apron.                                     

She’s so ugly, she could back a buzzard off a gut-wagon.                    

He looks so bad his ears flop.                                                                   

She’s so ugly, she’d make a freight train take a dirt road!                   

 He’s as ugly as homemade sin.                                                                 

She’s so ugly she could bluff a buzzard off a meat wagon.                   

He was crazy enough to eat the devil with hornson.                                                                                                                      He’s kinda off his mental reservation.                                                         

His brain cavity wouldn’t make a drinkin’ cup for a canary.                   

He couldn’t teach a hen to cluck.                                                                                                                    He knows as much about it as a hog does a hip pocket in a bathing suit.                                                                                                                      His knife’s so dull it wouldn’t cut hot butter.                                             

 He don’t know dung from wild honey.                                                            

 If all his brains were dynamite, there wouldn’t be enough to blow his nose.                                                                                                                     He couldn’t cut a lame cow from a shade tree.                                           

 He couldn’t track an elephant in snow.                                                        

He was so dumb he couldn’t drive nails in a snowbank.                         

He’s as dull as dishwater.                                                                               

 He don’t know any more about it than a hog does a sidesaddle.         

He is plumb weak North of his ears.                                                           

 He had a ten dollar Stetson on a five-cent head.                                      

His family tree was a shrub.                                                                             

He couldn’t track a bed-wagon through a bog hole.                               

 He didn’t have nuthin’ under his hat but hair.                                           

He couldn’t hit the ground with his hat in three throws.                           

He was as shy of brains as a terrapin is of feathers.                                

He can’t tell skunks for house cats.                                                              

He is so thin he could take a bath in a shotgun barrel.                                 

He was so fat, you’d have to throw a diamond hitch to keep him in the saddle.                                                                                                                    If he closed one eye he’d look like a needle.                                             

 He is built like a snake on stilts.                                                                    

 He was grinnin like a weasel in a hen house.                                         

He’s as pleased as a pup with 2 tails.                                                           

He’s grinnin like a jack ass eatin cactus                                                    

She was as chipper as a jay bird.                                                                  

 He was grinnin’ like a baked possum.                                                    

 He’s as slow as molasses in January.                                                     

 He’s too lazy to yell “Sueee” in a pig pen.                                                     

He moves as slow as a crippled turtle.                                                      

He’s so lazy, molasses wouldn’t run down his legs.                            

He’s so crooked, he could swallow nails and spit out corkscrews.    

He told lies so well a man would be a foot not to believe them.         

He’s as crooked as a dog’s hind legs.                                                     

He’s lyin’ like a rug.                                                                                              

His voice sounded like someone forgot to grease the wagon.           

His singin’ was enough to make a she-wolf jealous.                               

He punished the air with his singing.                                                           

He had a voice like a burro with a bad cold.                                              

 He didn’t have manners enough to carry guts to a bear.                        

He couldn’t hit a bull’s rump with a handful of banjos.                           

 He was as drunk as a fiddler’s clerk.                                                      

She’s as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.He’d been in the desert so long, he knew all the lizards by their first names.                                                                                                                 He ain’t fit to shoot at when you want to unload and clean yo’ gun.  

His mustache smelled like a mildewed saddle blanket after it had been rid on a soreback hoss three hundred miles in August.                          

He was grittin’ his teeth like he could bite the sites off a six-gun.           

It was so dry the bushes followed the dogs around.                             

He’s as as dead as a can of corned beef.                                                

He’s as welcome as a rattlesnake at a square dance.                           

This saloon’s so bad, a rattlesnake’d be ashamed to meet his mother. He lasted as long as a pint of whiskey in a five-handed poker game.  She’s as pretty as a speckled pup.                                                              

 He is as poor as a church mouse.                                                                      

He’s as rich as possum gravy.                                                                      

 He was as popular as a wet dog at a parlor social.                                   

 He couldn’t track a bed-wagon through a bog hole.



Cards:      two 52 standard deck[104 cards]

Teams:     4 Handed [2 Teams of 2]

                   6 Handed [2 Teams of 3] or [3 Teams of 2]

The Deal: Dealing 2 cards at a time to each player counter-clockwise

                  for 4 Handed dealing out 20 cards to each.

                 Dealing 2 cards to each player at a time for 6 Handed dealing

                out 17 cards to each. Dealer has the option to deal 1 card

               at the beginning or ending of the deal before or after

              dealing 2 at a time. Then turning up the top card of the remaining

             cards to denote trump.

The Bid:    From the dealers right going counter-clockwise each player bids

           how many tricks they can take. There will be 10 tricks from

          both 4 handed and 6 handed game. When the next partner bids he/she

         combines his/hers to partners for their bid.

Ranking of Cards:

                The trumps are: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,J,Q,K,A

               The other three suits are: A,K,Q,J,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2

The Play: Player on the dealer’s right leads the first trick. The play is

                 played counter-clockwise. After the players discard 1 card the

                play goes around so that each trick will have 8 cards[12 for

               6 handed] If the highest or trumped with highest trump has

              the same suit and value it counters each other. Then the second

             highest card takes it unless it too has two of the same card with

            the same value and suit. Which means it will then be the next

           highest takes the trick. Trump cannot be led until broken. You

           cannot trump unless you are out of the suit that was led. if you

          have the suit you must beat the trick [only on the second discard

          on the trick/ the first discard around youdon’t have to. Yet if out of

          a suit, you do not have to beat it with also may discard

          a card same as the card that is already is beating what is discarde

        to counter it to eliminate it as high. you may throw off.[When playing

       6 handed the last trick will be counted as 2 tricks] With 6 handed

       the last trick will not be go around twice. The player that took the

      trick, their partner leads next trick. When 6 handed the partner on

     the right to the player took the tricks leads to the next.

The Game:    Game is to 500

Scoring:    Taking the amount you bid you recieve 10X. [example the bid 6 you

                   make 60] if you make extra you get 10X the bid and one point each

                  every extra trick. [example if the bid is 5 and the tricks are 7 then

                 the score is 52] If you make less than the bid you recieve nothing.

Extra Points:    Taking all ten tricks and bidding ten you recieve 25 ponits.

               Taking all ten tricks and bid less than ten you only recieve 10.

             At half way through [making it to 250 or pass 250] and each hand you

            make your bid every time without going over or under you recieve 25 points.

            From the point you pass the halfway point the next hand until you reach

           500 or over and the hands at this stage you did not go over or under

          every hand you recieve 25 points.




Same as above except the rankings of suits/trump

Ranking of Cards:

The trumps are: A,K,Q,J,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2

The other three suits are: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,J,Q,K,A



Counters Back and Countred Back

Same as above respectively except the extra scoring.

When going under your bid it is not zero it is minus xtimes what you bid, only

when you have already have made a bid [example first hand making less than

bid is zero. Must be vulnerable. which means you would be -50

if bidding five only making 4 then -50, when you have made a bid or made over bid.

[example if the bid is 6 and you only make 4 or 5 tricks you recieve -60] if have not

made a bid but has gone over and have reached 40, then you become vulnerable.

4 handed and 6 handed [2 teams of 3] game the game is  to 300.

6 handed [3 teams of 2] the game is to 200.

Extra points halfway points [300 same 200] [150 is 100]



Same as above except a joker is added. If the joker comes up as trump.

either nothing is trump which the rankings are:


if there are trump it is the same as Counters

Or the dealer makes trumps. Whatever agreed upon.

Also you must beat the trick even if with trump. You can not throw off.

If someone has the joker that player throws it in and recieves the top card.

The card following is trump.

The scoring is the same as Counters Back and Countred Back except if going over

there are no tenX you only recieve the amount that were taken.And you need to be

vulnerable. you must have made a bid [bidding 6 making 6 you are 60 then you

would be vulnerable] if bidding 5 and making 6 you would be 6 not 51. still you are

not vulnerable. although you have not made a bid and have made more or less and you

have reached 30 points or more you become vulnerable.

It is a 6 handed game with 3 teams of 2 [2-on2-on2] best challenge is six handed than a

four handed, but four handed can be played.

The game is to 200.


Abisselfa- by itself


Abandons- street prostitutes

Above board- in open sight

Above one’s bend- out of one’s power

Above snakes- above ground; still alive

Absquatulate- to leave

A cartwheel- silver dollar

Ace-High – first class

Ace in the hole- a hideout

According to Hoyle – correct, by the book

Acknowledge the corn – to admit the truth, to confess a lie

Acock – Knocked over, suddenly surprised.

Acorn calf -a weak or runty calf

Acquisitive – booty, plunder.

Acreocracy – a landlord interest.

Across lots – fastest way possible

Actual – money

Adam’s Ale – water

Addle-headed – empty-headed.

Addle-pot – a spoil sport

Advantage – carrying a derringer in a coat pocket that is charged and at half cock

Afeared – frightened

Afterclaps – unexpected happenings after an event is supposed to be over

Afly – to become expert at

Agregado- farm hand allowed to work for himself on part of the landowners soil

Airtights- canned goods

Airin’ the lungs -cussing

Airin’ the paunch – vomit

Air line road – railroad track when it passes over the level unbroken prairie

Airtights – canned goods

Alamo- cottonwood tree

Albino- pale cream horse

Alcade- title applied to a mayor or judge

Alfalfa desperado – a farmer

Alfilaria- the pin grass of the plains

A lick and a promise – do a haphazard job

Alkali- man drunk or sick on poisoned water

Alkali flat- a flat stretch of country ruined by alkali

All abroad – at a loss

All beer and skittles – unpleasant

All day sucker- long lasting candy

All down but nine – not understood

Allers – always

All my eye – nonsense, untrue

All over – bearing a resemblance to some particular object

All-overish – uncomfortable

All the caboose – everywhere

All the shoot – the whole assembly

All to pieces – completely

Allot upon – to intend

All-standing – without preparation

Amble -to walk

Ambush – scales used by grocers, coal-dealers

Amigo- friend

Among the willows -dodging the Law

Amputate your timber- go way

Angelicas – young unmarried women

Angle iron- triangle instrument hung outside cook house on the range

Angoras – hair-covered, goat-hide chaps

Annex – to steal

Ante- to pay up

Anti-fogmatic – raw rum or whiskey

Anti-goglin – lopsided

Appaloosa- horse whose spots vary in sizes and colors

Apple – saddle horn

Apple Jack – liquor distilled from cider

Apple peeler – pocket Knife

Apple pie order – in top shape

Appola- sticks on which small pieces ogf meat were roasted over an open fire

Apron straps- straps attached to saddle to secure items on it

Aquisitive- booty; plunder

Arbuckle – coffee

Arizona nightingale- donkey; burro

Arizona tenor- man suffering from tuberculosis

Arkansas toothpick – long, sharp knife

Artastra- mill stone used for crushing gold, silver or ore

Ary – either.

Ash-hopper – box for ashes

Ask no adds – ask no favor

Atole- corn meal porridge

At sea – at a loss

Atween – between

Atwixt – between

Auger – big boss

Axle grease – butter


Bach – a bachelor

Backdoor trots – diarrhea

Back staircase -a derisive tern for a woman’s bustle

Bad box – in a bad predicament

Bad egg – bad person

Bad medicine -bad news

Bag of nails – topsy-turvy

Bait – food

Baker’s dozen – thirteen

Bake – to overheat a horse

Balderdash – nonsense

Baldface dishes – china dishes

Ballast – money

Balled up – confused

Ballyhoo – exaggeration

Balmy – sleepy, dull

Bamboozle – to deceive

Banco- a sandbank in a water course

Band wagon – peddler’s wagon

Bandana- neckerchief for several purposes

Banded – hungry

Bandera- flag

Bandero – widow’s weeds

Bangtail – wild horse

Banjo – a short-handled shovel

Banquette a side-walk

Banter- to challenge; to defy

Barboguelo- chin strap of a hat

Bar dog – bar tender

Bared – shaved

Barber’s cat -sickly-looking person

Barber’s clerk -over-dressed fellow who trys to act like a gentleman

Barefoot – unshod horse

Barkin’ at a knot -doing something useless

Barking irons -pistols

Barking squirrel- prairie dog

Barranca- steep sided ravine

Barrens – elevated lands upon which grow small trees

Barrow-tram-a-rawbone – awkward looking person

Barrel boarder -a bum

Barrel fever – hangover

Base burner – drink of whiskey

Bat – a frolic, a spree

Batch of crumbs- bugs, a man finds in his blanket

Batea- small receptacle for panning gold

Batting his eyes -man who look on but don’t play poker

Battlin’ stick -a stick to stir clothes in the wash pot

Bat wings – chaps

Bay-window – pregnancy

Bazoo -mouth

Beads – bubbles which rise on a glass of wine or spirits

Bean master -the cook

Bear- fully armed; prepared for trouble

Bear sign – donuts

Bear’s nest- cattle ranch’s line camp

Beating the road -traveling on a railroad train without paying

Beat the devil around the stump -to evade responsibility or a difficult task

Bed him down -to kill a man

Bed-post -a moment

Bed-rock -not able to go lower

Bee in your bonnet -an idea

Beef -to kill

Beef-headed -stupid

Beef tea -shallow water fouled by cattle

Been in the Sun -drunk

Been through the mill -been through a lot

Bee-sweetening -honey

Beetle-crushers -feet

Bell heather- cow who wears a bell in the lead

Bellyache -complain

Belly cheater -a cook

Belly robber -a cook

Belly through the brush – dodge the law

Belly wash – weak coffee

Belvidere – handsome man

Bend an elbow – have a drink

Bender – a spree or a frolic

Benzinery -low-grade drinking place

Best bib and tucker -wearing your best clothes

Betty -pear-shaped bottle

Between hay and grass – between boyhood and manhood

Bible – small packet of papers used to roll cigarettes

Bible puncher- a man who quotes the Bible

Bible two- a list of wanted men

Biddy – a nagging or complaining woman.

Biff -to strike in ones face

Big augur -ranch owner

Big bug – important person

Big fifty – rifle for buffalo hunting

Big figure – to do things on on a large scale

Big guns- men of importance

Big house- home of the ranch owner

Big jump – death

Big nuts to crack -difficult or large undertaking

Big pasture -the penitentiary

Big sugar- ranch owner

Biggest toad in the puddle -most important person in a group

Bilk – to cheat or a man who failed to pay his dues

Bird cage- a derisive tern for a woman’s bustle

Biscuit – saddle horn

Biscuit Roller -the cook

Biscuit Shooter -the cook or a waitress in a restaurant

Bite the dust- fall on face from falling off the saddle

Bite the Ground – to be killed

Bit House -a saloon or store everything costs a bit [12 1/2 cents]

Black-eyed Susan – six-gun

Black jack- ore or zinc to a miner

Black-Leg – gambler

Black sack- rum and molasses

Black Snake – long whip

Black strap- molasses

Blackstrap -gin and molasses

Black Water -weak coffee

Blarney – flattery, tall tales

Blather – impudence

Blatherskite -blustering, noisy, talkative fellow

Blaze- to make a trail

Blazers- deception; a lie

Blazes -euphemism for hell or the devil

Blazzing saddles or devil’s bit- a root used as medicine

Blind trail- lost or misleading trail

Blot a brand- to deface a brand

Blotched brand- a defaced brand

Blow -to taunt or rest after a steep climb

Blow in- to arrive

Blow out – feast

Blow out a man’s lamp- kill him

Blue backs- Confederacy paper money

Blue belly- a soldier

Blue devils -dispirited

Blue John -skimmed milk

Blue lightnin’ – six-gun

Blue stocking -an epithet applied to literary ladies

Blusteration – noise of a braggart

Bobbery – argument

Bobtail guard -the first cowboy guarding the cattle at night.

Bockey -a bowl made from a gourd.

Bodega – liquor store

Boogered up- badly injured

Boggy top – pie baked without a top crust

Bog-trotter – one that lives in a boggy country

Bogus – rum and molasses

Boil over – horse that starts bucking

Boisderache- buffalo chips

Bolt -to swallow food without chewing

Bonanza – discovery of an exceptionally rich vein of gold or silver

Bone orchard -cemetery

Bonnet strings- thongs of a man’s hat

Boodle -a crowd of people

Boogered up -crippled

Boot-licker – ass-kisser

Boom along – to move rapidly

Boot yard – cemetery

Bo-Peep -to play at bo-peep

Boose -drink liquor

Boosy – a little intoxicated

Boosily -lazily, in a state of intoxication

Border draw- method of drawing a gun with the weapon on the opposite side

Border roll- a maneuver of a gunslinger surrendering his gun only to spin it and shoot it

Border shift- a passing of a gun from one hand to another

Bosh -nonsense.

Boss -the best, top

Bossy – calf

Boston dollar – penny

Bothahrayshun -a bother

Bottle courage- whiskey

Bottom -low land with rich soil

Bottom-lands – rich flat land on the banks of rivers.

Bottled courage -whiskey

Boudin- tender buffalo meat used in sausage

Bouncing -large, heavy

Bouge -to swell out

Boughton- store bought from outside not homemade

Bowie-Knife -a knife

Box canyon- a blind canyon one entry, no exit

Box herder -a person in charge of the women at a brothel or saloon

Brace- to fix a gambling game

Brain tablet -cigarette

Brand artist – rustler who alters brands with a running iron

Brasada- armful of firewood

Brassero- brick oven

Brave maker- whiskey

Breachy -unruly oxen

Bread jerker – Adam’s apple

Beak down timber- to get out fast

Brick in one’s hat -to be drunk

Brigham young cocktail -strong whiskey

Broke in two – horse bucking

Bronc buster – cowboy who could tame wild horses

Broken wind – lung infection in horses

Broomtail – long, bushy-tailed range mare

Brother-chip – fellow-carpenter

Brown study -deep thought

Brown gargle -coffee

Brush – skirmish, or fight

Buck nun- a recluse bachelor

Buckaroo – cowboy

Bucket of blood – violence-prone saloon

Bucket shop – gin mill or distillery

Bucking the tiger -playing poker

Buckle bunnies -female groupies who follow and befriend rodeo riders

Buckle-to set about any task with energy and a determination

Buckskin- a Virginian

Buffaloed -confused

Buffaloed- struck on the head before drawing one’s gun

Bug juice -booze

Build a loop -shaking out a coil of rope in preparation for roping

Bulgar- uncommonly large

Bull – officer of the law

Bulldoze – bully, threaten

Bulldozer – big person

Bullet mold- a hinged mold for making bullets

Bullets- pockets; pieces of gold

Bull nurse – cowboy

Bullwhacker – person who drives a team of oxen

Bulo a smoke- to roll a cigarette

Bumblebee whiskey – liquor strong enough to sting

Bunch quitter- horse or cow that has a habit of breaking free of the bunch

Bunko artist – con man

Bunuelo- biscuit fried in fat

Burg – town

Burgeois- person of middle class

Burn the breeze -ride at full speed

Bunch quitter- horse or cow has the habit of breaking free from the bunch

Burrow milk -nonsense

Buscadero- searcher used by gunmen

Bushed-worn down; tired

Bushwhack – cowardly attack or ambush

Buss – kiss

Buster -anything large in size

Butt- handle of a gun

Butter nut- confederate soldier

Button – A young boy

Buzzard bait – worn out horse

Buzzard food -dead

By Hook or crook -to do any way possible

By the skin of one’s teeth -when a man has made a narrow escape from any dilemma


Caboodle – the whole thing

Caboose – ship’s cooking-range

Cabron- an outlaw of the lowest order

Cactus boomers- wild brush cattle

Cahoots – partnership

Calaboose – jail

Calamity Jane – hard-cussing, heavy-drinking frontier woman, Queen of Spades

Calf slobbers – meringue on the top of pie

Calibogus-rum and spruce beer

Calico -painted horse

Calico Queen – prostitute

California- to bring an animal down by tripping it

California collar -hangman’s noose

California moccasins- sack tied around the feet to protect against the cold

California pants- striped or checkered pants of heavy wool

California prayer book – a deck of cards

California widow – a woman separated from her husband, but not divorced

Calling- courting

Calumet- long stemmed pipe

Calzoneras- pants slit outside of leg below the knees

Camas- staple food of Native Americans northwest and Canada

Came apart- horse bucking

Camino real- public highway

Camp staller- a horse reluctant to leave camp in the morning

Canary cage- a derisive tern for a woman’s bustle

Can opener- spurs

Candle-light – dusk

Canister – gun

Canned cow – canned milk

Cannon -revolver

Can openers – spurs

Cantina- a saloon or wine shop

Cap the climax- to beat all

Cardinal -a woman’s cloak

Carmudgeon- a miser

Carretela- horse drawn carriage

Carryall – four-wheeled pleasure carriage

Cartucho- cartridge shell

Cash in- to die

Catalogue woman -mail order bride

Catawampous -fiercely, eagerly

Catawamptiously Chawed Up -completely demolished

Catch a tartar – attack one of superior strength or abilities

Catch a Weasel Asleep -referring to something impossible

Catgut – Rawhide rope

Cat’s Paw- to be made a tool to accomplish something

Cattle baron -cattle owner with numerous herds of stock

Cattle Kate -female cattle rustler.

Catty-cornered -diagonally across

Cavort -to frolic

Cat wagon -wagon that carried prostitutes along cattle trails

Cavallard -caravans crossing the prairies

Cerro- a hill

Chaffy- clownish

Chap – boy, lad, a fellow

Chapping- beating of a man with leggings

Chaqueta- heavy jacket

Charlie Taylor- butter made of molasses and fat

Chaw- a plug of tobacco

Chaw up -to use up

Che-muck- miner’s term for food

Chew – eat

Chew gravel – thrown from a horse

Chip – money drawer in a bank

Chisel -to cheat or swindle

Chitlins – fragments

Chock – put a wedge under a thing

Chock full- entirely full

Chock up- close tight

Choke strap -necktie

Choke the horn -to grab the saddle horn

Chow – cooked food

Chuck -to throw

Chuck -food

Chuck away- meal time

Chucklehead -a fool

Chuck-line rider -unemployed cowboy who rode from ranch to ranch, exchanging a bit of news and gossip for a meal

Chuck Wagon Chicken – fried bacon

Churn twister – a farmer

Claim jumper-one who illegally took possesion of a claim

Clap-trap- artifice for attracting applause

Claw leather – grab the saddle horn

Clean his plow- to whip a man

Clip -a blow or a stroke with the hand

Clinch mountain – rye whiskey

Clodhopper – a clown

Close-Fisted -stingy, mean

Clothesline – rope

Coach whip snake- harmless snake that resembles coach whips

Coal-hod – kettle for carrying coals to the fire

Cocinero -the camp cook

Cocked hat – knock someone senseless

Cocktail guard- last guard of the night on a trail drive

Cofecito- cup of coffee

Coffee boiler – lazy person

Coffin varnish – whiskey

Coil – rope

Contle- raised rear part of saddle

Cookie – cook

Cold as a wagon tire -dead

Cold meat wagon – hearse

Colors – particles of gold gleaming in a prospector’s gold pan

Cooling yer heels -staying for a while

Come a cropper -come to ruin, fail

Common doings- plain food

Compressed hay – cowchips

Concord- stagecoach

Conniption fit -a fit of hysteria

Consumption – tuberculosis

Converter -a preacher

Cookie- the cook

Coon’s age- long time

Coosie -the camp cook

Coot- an idiot

Copper -copper coin

Copper a bet -betting to lose

Corn-cracker – a native of Kentucky

Corn-dodger – bread made of corn and water or milk

Corned -drunk

Corn juice -whisky

Corral dust -lies and tall tales

Cottonwood blossom -man lynched from the limb of a tree

Cotton To -to take a liking to

Countrified -rustic

Couldn’t hold a candle to -not even close

Coulee- steep sided ravine

Cowboy cocktail – straight whiskey

Cow chip – dried cow manure

Cow grease – butter

Cowhide -particular kind of whip made of raw hide

Cow juice – milk

Cow peas- black bean

Cow salve- butter

Cow sense – intelligence

Cow wood – cowchips

Crack -best

Cracked – crazy

Cracker – small hard biscuit

Crackerbox – a bronc saddle

Cracklings – the remains of a wood fire

Crack up – to brag or boast

Cradle- a rocking box, washing gold from dirt and gravel

Crambo -a diversion in which one gives a word, to which another finds a rhyme

Crawl his hump – to start a fight

Crazy as a loon – very crazy

Creepmouse – a term of endearment to babies

Critter – creature, varmint

Croaker – pessimist, doomsayer

Crony- pal

Crooked as a Virginia fence -figuratively to persons of a stubborn temperament

Cross cut- short cut on a journey

Cross grained- troublesome

Cross patch- ill- tempered person

Crotchety – whimsical; fanciful

Crowbar hotel – jail

Crown fire- fire that swept through the top of trees

Cruller -cake made of a strip of sweetened dough, boiled in lard

Crumb castle – chuckwagon

Crumb Incubator -a cowboy’s bed

Crummy – the caboose of a railroad train

Crusty- sturdy

Cubby-hole -snug place for a child

Curandero- one who cures by herbs

Curly Bill spin- a maneuver of a gunslinger surrendering his gun only to spin it and shoot it

Curly wolf -real tough guy

Curmudgeon – a miser

Curry favor – to seek or gain favor by flattery

Curry the kinks out – to break a horse

Cush- sweet fried corn meal cake

Cut a caper – the act of dancing in a frolicksome manner

Cut a dash -make a great show

Cut a figure- make an appearance

Cut a path- to leave

Cut a rusty- to go courting

Cut and dried -ready made

Cut and run – to be gone.

Cut dirt – to go fast.

Cut a path – leave

Cut a swell – present a fine figure

Cut his suspenders – A departed cowboy

Cut of his jib – The form of his profile

Cut stick – to leave immediately and quickly

Cut up shines – play tricks

Cutter – one horse sleigh

Cyprian- prostitute


Dabster – one who is expert in anything

Daisy – good; excellent

Dancing devil- dust storm

Dander – passion, emotion

Dang – euphemism for damn

Dangler – an express train

Dead-alive – dull, inactive

Dead as a door nail – completely dead

Dead fall- a drinking den

Dead man’s hand -poker hand consisting of a pair of aces and a pair of eights

Dead meat – corpse

Dead shot- accurate marksman

Deadshot – strong liquor

Deadwood- to have advantage over someone

Deal from the bottom- to cheat

Death camass-poisonous plant

Death on – very fond of

Dehorn- a quarrelsome hard drinker

Democrat pasture- grazing area, enclosing natural gap in mountain of a canyon

Derringer- pocket pistol

Desert canary – a burro

Desert rat- a wandering prospector for gold

Devil’s addition – Red Light District

Deviltry – mischief

Dew wrangler- horse herder in morning

Dice house – bunkhouse

Dickens – euphemism for devil, a lot

Dicker – barter; negotiate

Didn’t have a tail feather left – broke

Dig out- to depart

Diggers – spurs

Diggings – one’s home

Dilly-dally – to delay

Dipping – chewing snuff

Dirk – a dagger

Dinero – money

Dish – to ruin

Disremember – forget or choose to forget

Ditched – arrested

Ditties- odds and ends

Ditty – a which-i-ma-call-it

Dive – bunkhouse

Doctor’s cutter- sleigh with large top for a doctor

Dog cheap – anything exceedingly cheap

Doggery – cheap saloon

Doggie – an orphaned calf or small calf

Dogs – destroyed

Doings – cooked food

Don’t care a continental – don’t give a damn

doofunnies- knives and trickets

Double shuffle-change in pace and rythme

Dough belly – a cook

Dough boxer – camp cook

Dough puncher – camp cook

Dough wrangler – a cook

Doughgods – biscuits

Douse-the-lights – sleep time

Dowd- woman’s night cap

Down in the mouth – dispirited

Down to the blanket – Almost broke

Doxology works – a church

Dragged out- exhausted

Dram shop – a small drinking establishment

Draw -drawing your gun

Draw cuts – decide by drawing straws

Dreadful – a lot

Dreambook – small packet of papers used to roll cigarettes

Driving the nail -sport consisting of attempts to drive a nail into a post with rifle or pistol fire

Dry gulch – ambush someone

Dug-out -a canoe

Dull music – anything tedious

Dump – jail or boarding house

Dunderhead – blockhead

Dust devil whirl- dust storm

Dusted – thrown from a horse

Dutch oven- heavy cast iron pot

Dynamite – whiskey


Eagle – gold ten dollar coin

Easy in the trigger- quick tempered, always tempermentally at half cocked

Eating irons – silverware

Enramada- a bower, shady grove

Equalizer – pistol

Estufa- heated room where sacred fire burn

Eucher – to out-smart someone

Eventuate – terminate

Exalted- hanged

Excuse-me-ma’am -a bump in the road

Exfluncticate – to destroy

Eye baller- a meddlar; nosy person


Fag – to get out fast

Fair to middlin’ – feeling pretty good

Fair shake – fair trade

Fam-a-diddle – a fancy dress

Family disturbance – whiskey

Fan a gun- a method of firing a revolver

Fan the breeze- to hasten

Fandango – a big party

Fat in the fire – to have one’s plans frustrated

Fence crawlers- horse or cattle prone to break or jump fences

Fence rider a fence sitting spectator at a horse breaking

Fetch – bring, give

Fice – a worthless dog

Fiddle – a horse’s head.

Fiddle faddle – nonsense

Fight like kilkenny cats – fight like hell

Fill a blanket – roll a cigarette

Fine as cream gravy – top notch

Firewater – liquor

Fish Bait – do it or quit talking about it

Five beans in the wheel – five cartridges in the six chambers of a rvolver

Fix – predicament, dilemma

Fix one’s flint – to settle a matter

Fixin’ – intending

Fixing for high riding- prepare to depart in a hurry

Fixings – cooked food

Flag your kite- hurried departure

Flannel mouth – an overly smooth or fancy talker

Flap-Jack – a fried cake, pancake, fritter

Flat- foolish fellow

Flats – low lands, valley

Flea-trap – a cowboy’s bedroll

Flinders shreds- splinters; broken pieces

Flummux – perplex, embarrass

Flusteration – confusion

Fo farrow- a decorative fancy dress

Fogy – stupid fellow

Folded up -horse bucking

Fore-handed – to be in good circumstances

Fork- to mount

Fork a hoss – ride a horse.

Forted in – Intrenched in a fort

Forty rod lightning – Liquor

Four-flusher – a cheat; bluffer

Fox boots – to repair boots by adding new soles or leather

Fraggle- to rob

Freeze- be in a state of excitement

French leave – to run away

Frog walk- movement of a horse short easy hops

Frolic – a wild celebration

Frying size- young fellow

Fuddled – tipsy

Full as a tick – very drunk

Full chisel or full drive – at full speed

Full of prunes- spirited

Full-rigged – completely leather-covered saddle

Full split- with the greatest violence and impetuosity

Fussed dark – twilight


Gaboon- spittoon; cuspidor

Gadabout – one who walks about without business

Gal-boy – romping girl or tomboy

Gallery- porch of a house

Gallnipper – large mosquito

Gallowses – suspenders

Galranized yankee- captured confederate soldier given freedom if joining union

Gambusino- gold prospector or gold thief

Game Leg – lame leg

Gammon – humbug

Gay cat – one who cases banks and towns for future jobs

General treat – glass of liquor bought by one person in a tavern to everyone present bought by one

Get a wiggle on – hurry

Get it in the neck – get cheated, misled

Get shed of – get rid of

Get the mitten – be rejected by a lover

Get the wrong pig by the tail – make a mistake in selecting a person for any purpose

Ginnin’ about – moving fast

Girls of the line – prostitutes

Give him jessy – give a flogging

Give the mitten – when a lady turns down a man’s proposal

Goat meat – venison killed out of season.

Go boil your shirt – get lost

Go the whole hog – in favor of anything

Goings on – behavior

Gone goslin – done for

Goose drownder- heavy rain

gophering- diggings by prospector

Gospel mill – a church

Gospel sharp – a preacher

Got the bulge – have the advantage

Grab a root – eat a meal

Grab the apple – grabbing hold of the saddle horn

Grail- small particles

Grappling irons- spurs

Grassed – thrown from a horse

Grass widow – a divorcee

Grease bush- resinous bush

Greased lightning – very fast

Greasy belly – a camp cook

Greenhorn- inexperienced man of the way of the west

Greens – leaves and green vegetables

Grist- a bunch

Gritty – courageous, spirited

Grocery- a saloon

Grog – gin and water

Groggery- saloon

Grub pile – cooked meal

Grub slinger – a cook

Grub spoiler- a cook

Grub worm- a cook

Grubstake – provided the materials a prospector needs, including food and money

Grunter -a hog

Gulch- deep sided ravine with a stream at the bottom

Gully washer – a hard rain

Gump – a foolish person

Gunslinger- someone resorted to the guns

Grunter- hog

Gun hung- armed with holstered gun

Gut hooks – spurs

Gut warmer – whiskey

Guttersnipe – a homeless child who roamed the streets

Gypped- to be cheated

Gypsum- gyp


Hair case – hat

Hair in the butter – a delicate situation

Half faced cabin- temperory cabin with one side open

Half seas over – intoxicated

Hammer and tongs – in a noisy, furious manner

Hand and glove – intimate

Handle- a man’s name what he goes by

Hang fire – delay.

Hang up one’s fiddle – to give up

Hard case – worthless

Hard money – silver and gold

Hard row to hoe – a difficult matter or job to accomplish

Hardware- a belt gun

Harum-scarum – a person always in a hurry

Hatchet pipe- tomahawk and smoking pipe

Have a mind to – to be willing

Hawg legs- single action pistol

Hay baler – a horse

Hay wire- crazy

Hay seed- a rough, ignorant man

Heap – a lot

Hearn- heard

Hearty as a buck – very well, healthy

Heeled – to be armed with a gun

Hell-fired -immensely great

Hell rousers – spurs

Hellabaloo – confusion

Helter-skelter – In a hurry

Hemp fevor- a hanging

Hen skins – cowboy’s bedroll

Hide – to beat, spank

Higgledy-piggledy – in confusion

High binder – a dangerous and vicious man or horse

High-grader – a man who stole any big nuggets which he saw in the sluice boxes

High lonesome- a heavy drinker

High tail – ride off quickly

Hill nutty- a prospector of hill country

Hill of beans – something of trifling value

Hindsite first – backwards

Hit pay dirt – find something of value

Hitch rail- a rail to horses upon

Hitched – got married

Hitching post- a post to tie a horse upon

Hits the flat – go out on the prairie

Hobble your lip – shut up

Hocter- tiny amount

Hog at the trough – superior

Hog-killin time – having a good time

Hog ranch – ranches that seemed to raise hogs yet are dens for drinking

Hog wild- excited

Hoja- corn shuck used as cigarette paper

Hold a candle to – compare to

Hold down a claim- to establish legal ownership

Hold your horses – stay calm

Hole up- to take shelter

Holler calf rope- to give up

Honey-fogle – to swindle

Honey-fuggled – to pull the wool over one’s eyes

Hook – to steal

Hooks – spurs

Hook shop- brothel

Hooraw- to ride through town and raise hell

Hoosegow – a jail

Hop – a dance

Hopped for mama – horse bucking

Horn – glass of liquor

Hornswoggle – to cheat or trick

Horse thief special – a raisn and boiled rice dish.

Horse feathers – ridiculous

Hot as a whorehouse on nickel night – too darn hot

Hot rock – biscuit

Hot roll- bedroll

Huckleberry above a persimmon – a cut above.

Humbug – deception

Hounds – rowdies of the gold-rush

Hurricane deck – saddle of a bucking horse.

Husking bee – a social event a group of people husk corn and to drink

Husking frolic- a social event a group of people husk corn and to drink


Idaho brain storm- dust storm

Indian broke – a horse trained to be mounted from the right side

Indian side – right side of a horse

Indian whiskey – cheap, adulterated liquor

In for it – engaged in a thing from which there is no retreating.

In liquor – intoxicated

Iron – agun.

Iron horse – a railroad train.

Is that a bluff, or do you mean it for real play? – Are you serious?


Jack of Diamonds – whiskey made of rye

Jamboree- wild celebration

Java- coffee

Javalina- musk hog

Jawhawker- Kansas gorilla fighter [during the Civil War] or a tarantula

Jawing – talking.

Jerked meat – fresh meat dried in the open air

Jerky- jerked beef

Jerusalem undertaker- a comb

Jewerly- belt gun; firearm

Jicara- bowl

Jig is up – game is over

Jingled – drunk

Jingler – a person who talks in rhyme

Jimmying a bull – shooting a law officer

John B. – A cowboy hat

John Barleycorn – beer

John Henry- a signature

Johnny completely- a new comer to the country

Joshua tree- yucca plant

Joy juice – whiskey

Jump the broom – get married

Juniper- a new comer to the west

Justins – cowboy boots


Kansas neck blister- bowieknife

Kansas sheep dip- whiskey

Karimption- small crowd

Keep that dry – keep it secret

Keep the pot a boiling – keep it going

Kelly’s- hand-made spurs

Kick- to complain

Kick up a row – create a disturbance

Kid- child pickpocket

Kidney pad – eastern saddle

Kill pecker guard- guard of cow herd from sundown

Kitchen safe – cupboard

Knee-high to a…grasshopper, lamb, jackrabbit – short statue or youth

Knob – hills .

Knock galley west – beat senseless

Knocked into a cocked hat- ruined


Lacing – a beating

Lag – prisoner

Lambasting – a beating

Land loper- a vagrant who strolls about the country

Lapper – a hard drinker

Lardon- a thief

Larruping- great

Lasso – long rope or cord, with a noose

Last round up- death

Latchpan – lower lip

Lay – price, salary, bed or a spread of land

Lead plumb – bullet

Lead poisoning – shot

Lead pusher – gun

Leafless tree- gallows

Leap the book – illegal or false marriage.

Leg bail – run away.

Left-handed wife – Mistress

Leggins – chaps

Lenty- inexperienced man

Lick – molasses or a blow

Lickety split – at full speed

Lick spittle- one who will stoop to any dirty work

Lickfinger – to kiss ass

Licking – a flogging, a beating

Life preserver – a gun

Lights – eyes

Like a thoroughbred – like a gentleman

Like lickin’ butter off a knife – easy

Lilly liver- coward

Limb- leg

Lining the flue – eating

Lily Liver – a coward

Little end of the horn – come away from a situation at a disadvantage

Llano- prairie, plains

Loaded for bears – lightly intoxicated

Loaded to the gunwhales – drunk

Lock, stock, and barrel – the whole thing

Loco – crazy

Loco weed- poisonous, purple or white flower

Lone star – independent cowboy

Lonesome- a drink on one’s own

Long and short- the end

Longhorned- experienced

Longhorns- wild cattle

Lookin’ at a mule’s tail – plowing

Lookin’ to die -very ill

Lope – a leap

Lotion – a drink

Louse cage – bunkhouse

Love apples – canned tomatoes

Love lick – rough caress

Lubber- a sturdy man

Lucifer- strike on anything match

Lunger – a person with tuberculosis

Lunkhead- idiot senseless

Lynching bee – a hanging

Lubber – a sturdy man

Lunk-headed – idiotic; senseless

Lush-crib – a saloon

Lynching- illegal hanging

Lynching bee- a hanging


Mad as a march hare – angry

Mad as a hornet – angry

Madder than an old wet hen – angry

Made his Jack – got what one aimed at

Make a mash- impress someone

Make hay while the sun shines – make the most of the day

Make smoke- to shoot a gun

Make tracks – to leave

Man for breakfast – a murdered body in the streets at dawn

Man sader- a horse tamer

Manana- tomorrow

Mananza- horn of a saddle

Mantilla- head shawl for women

Marooning – have a party or picnic

Mary – an effeminate homosexual.

Mashed – in love

Massena partridge- quail

Mauled – drunk

Marble orchard – graveyard

May hay – to make confusing

Mealer – one who drinks liquor only during meals

Medicine tongue- a deluge of talk

Mexican strawberries – dried beans

Milling – fighting

Miss Nancy – an effeminate man

Missed hole- a hole drilled for explosives which failed to go off

Mite- little

Mockered – defiled

Molled – in the company of a woman

Molocher – cheap hat

Monkey shines – strange actions

Monkey ward cowboy – a tenderfoot.

Mormon tea – liquor

Mosey – to saunter

Moss backs- old fogies

Mouldy grubs – traveling showmen

Mouth-bet – a gambling man who only gives verbal promises to pay

Mouthpiece – a lawyer

Muck forks – hands or fingers

Muck-snipe – one who has been cleaned out in poker

Mud pipes – boots or shoes

Muddy end of the stick – short end of the stick

Muddy grub- traveling showman

Mule-ears – boots

Muled eared rabbit- ignorant

Mule’s breakfast – straw bed

Muleskinner – person who rides in a wagon pulled by mules

Muley- small brim hat

Mushhead- a stupid, witless person

Music root – sweet potato

Mustang grape- red grape from Texas

Mustard – to disturb cattle

Muzzle – loiter

Mysteries – sausages


Nailed to the counter – proven a lie

Naked possessor- occupy land without title undisputedly

Nanny shop – brothel

Nary-one – neither

Navy model – colt firearms

Necessary – outhouse

Neck oil – whiskey

Necktie party – a hanging

Nester – a squatter who settled on government land

Nibbler – petty thief

Nibble – to steal

Nipper – baby or small child

No medicine- lack of information

Nobby – fine, stylish

Northern- cold winds from the north

Nose paint – whiskey

Nosey parker – a person who is nosey

Not by a jugful- not at all

Nothing to nobody – nobody’s business

Notions – wide range of miscellaneous articles for sale

Nymphs du prairie – prostitutes


Odd fish- a person who is odd in his manners

Odd stick- odd person

Of the first water – first class

Off one’s feed – having no appetite

Off one’s nuts- crazy

Off one’s rocker- crazy

Oh-be-joyful – intoxicating spirits

Oil- nitroglycerine to open bank vaults

Ojala- cry of surprise

Oklahoma rain- dust storm

Old Betsy – a gun

Old Dan – a trustworthy mule

Old orchard – whiskey

Old pod – old man

Old Tom – gin

On the fence- neutral

On the half-shell – prepared and ready for use

On the prod – looking for trouble

On the shoot – looking for trouble

Outlaw – a horse that cannot be tamed to ride

Out and Out – completely

On the fence – neutral

Out of fix – in a state of disorder

Outlaw- criminal

Over head and ears- completely overwhelmed

Overland trout – bacon

Owl hoot trail – The outlaw way of life


Pack iron – to carry a revolver

Paddle – run away

Pailing the cow- milking the cow

Painted cat – prostitute

Painted lady- prostitute

Painter – cougar or panther

Paintin’ his nose – getting drunk

Painting one’s tonsils – drinking alcohol

Painting the town red – going out on the town for a fun

Pair of overalls – two drinks of whiskey

Palaver- talk; discussion

Pansaje- a social meal taken in open air

Pardner- comrade

Pasaer- to walk

Paseo- walk or ride for pleasure

Pass in one’s chips – to die

Peacemaker – revolver

Peacherino- something excellent

Peaked- thin or sickly in appearance

Pecker – appetite

Pedlar’s pony – walking stick

Pecos – to kill by drowning

Pecos strawberries – beans

Persuader – a gun.

Petticoat pensioner – a man who lives on a prostitute’s earnings

Picture – the face

Piddle- waste time

Piece of calico – a woman

Piece of pudding – piece of luck

Pie eater – country boy

Pig sticker – knife

Pig trail – small side road

Pill – a doctor

Pine straw- dead pine needles

Pine top – whiskey

Pining away for – longing for

Pinto – painted horse

Pirooting- sexual intercourse or fooling around

Play a lone hand – to do something alone

Play to the gallery – to show off

Played out – tired

Plow hand- single action pistol

Plumb-complete; full

Poke- small pack

Pole cat- low life

Pommel- front portion of a saddle

Poppy-cock – nonsense

Pop skull – whiskey

Pop your corn – speak out

Porch percher – town loafer

Pot rustler – a cook

Pot shot – easy shot

Powders- orders from the boss

Power – a great number

Prairie bread- fat juices left after cooking meat

Prairie coal – cowchips

Prairie dew – whiskey

Prairie dog- ground squirrel of the prairie

Prairie feather- prairie grass used as bed stuffing

Prairie oysters – bull’s fried testicles

Prairie pancakes – cowchips

Prairie strawberries- beans

Prairie tenor – coyote

Prairie wool- grass

Prat – behind

Praties- potatoes

Prayer book – packet of papers used to roll cigarettes

Pronto- quick

Puddin’ foot – an awkward horse

Pulperia- liquor store

Pull in your horns – back off

Pull foot – leave in a hurry

Pull the leg – impose upon

Pull the long bow – lie

Pullin my donkey’s tail – lying

Pulling a kite – making a face

Pulling in the pieces – make money

Purge – beer

Push your barrow – go away

Put a spoke in the wheel – to foul up

Put on the nose bag – to eat

Put the licks in – run fast


Queer fish – an odd person

Quick draw artist- a man quick with his gun

Quincy – an indoor toilet.

Quirt – whip


Raft – large quantity

Rag proper – dress well

Rail it – travel by railroad

Railroad Bible -deck of cards

Raise one’s bristles – excite one’s anger

Raise sand – start trouble

Raisin’ Cain – boisterous

Rake and scrape – to collect

Range bum- a man riding from ranch to ranch for free food

Rassle- wrestle

Rat trap – a derisive tern for a woman’s bustle

Ratonera- snake’s den

Rattle snake milkweed root- antidote to snake bite

Rattle your hocks – get a move on

Rattled – become nervous

Rattler – freight train or rattle snake

Rattling- excellent; smart

Raving distracted – stark mad

Reach- first hand action in drawing a revolver

Rebel soldier – rye whiskey

Reckon -to guess

Red eye – whiskey

Reloading outfit – fork, spoon, knife, cups, and a plate

Renig- to back out of an agreement

Rep- reputation

Resaca- a marsh

Rib – wife

Rib up- to persuade

Rib wrenches – spurs

Ride a shank’s mare – to walk

Ride out on a rail -be forced to leave town

Right as a trivet- stable

Right as rain – fine

Rin con- a sheltered nook

Ringy- riled up

Rip-roaring- impressive person or thing

Rip snortin’- impressive person or thing

Rip staver- impressive person or thing

Road agent – robber

Road agent spin- a maneuver of a gunslinger surrendering his gun only to spin it and shoot it

Roastineer- corn roasted over an open fire while still in shucks

Rock – piece of money

Rocky mountain canary- a burro

Rod – revolver

Rode hard and put up wet – ugly looking

Rook – to cheat

Rookus juice – liquor

Roostered – drunk

Roost over one- get the better of

Roping In -cheating

Rot-gut – bad liquor

Row – fight

Rowdy-dow – vulgar

Rowel- sharp points of the spur

Ruckus – loud noise

Rum-mill – A small saloon

Run – small stream.

Run against a pill – take a bullet

Rustle- get busy

Rustler- cow thief


Saddle bum – a drifter

Saddle stiff – A cowboy

Saddle tramp – cowboy who spends most of his time in the chuck line

Sagamore – title of a chief

Sage brush philosopher- a crackel barrel philosopher

Sage hen – a woman

Sage rat- a loner in sage country

Saloon- bar

Salt horse – corned beef

Salting or salt a mine -scatter mineral dust in a wrthless mine to fool a sucker into believing its worth

Salt-water vegetables – oysters and clams

Salty dog- a tough guy

Sam hill – euphemism for the devil

Sand – toughness

Sand his craw- he had it took

Saphead – a stupid fellow

Sappy – weak

Sashaw- to walk mincingly

Satchel- a bag or a wallet

Savage as a meat axe – extremely savage

Savagerous – furious

Savvy- understand

Sawbones – surgeon

Sawdust – counterfeit gold-dust or money

Scad – an abundance

Scalawag – mean, rotten or worthless person

Scamp – worthless fellow

Scamper juice – whiskey

Schruncher- one who eats greedily

Scoff away- drive away

Sconce – the head or scull

Scoop in – entice

Scoot – run fast

Score off – get the best of

Scrap- fight

Scrape – a shave

Scraper – a razor

Scratch – not worth much.

Scratching rake -a comb

Screamer -an extraordinary person

Screaming – splendid

Screw loose -something wrong

Scrouge -to crowd

Scrouger -a bouncing person

Schruncher – a person who eats greedily

Scuds – money

Sealy- rough; unpleasant

See how the cat jumps – to discover the secrets of others

See the elephant- going to town

Sell one’s saddle- so broke one had to sell his saddle

Sell out – leave quick

Serve up – to expose to ridicule

Set about – to chastise, beat, thrash

Set her cap for him – to direct her attentions to him

Settled – sentenced to prison

Settle one’s hash – properly punish someone

Sewn up – finished, done

Shack – a vagabond

Shadow rider- a cowboy who admires his own reflection

Shakester or Shickster -a female

Shank of the evening – late afternoon

Shakes – fever and ague

Shanty – a hut

Sharpen his hoe- to beat him or thrash him

Shave – a false alarm

Shave tail- an inexperienced person

Shaver -a child or young person

Shave tail – inexperienced person

Shebang – small house of boards

Sheepherder’s delight – cheap whiskey

Shin – borrow money

Shindig -a celebration

Shin- to borrow money

Shin Out – run away

Shivaree -a boisterous party for newlyweds

Shoal- lounge about lazily

Shoot square- honest man

Shoot the cat – vomit

Shoot the crow – obtain a drink in a saloon and leave without paying

Shootin’ iron – six-gun or a rifle

Shooting fixings- guns and ammo

Shot in the neck – drunk

Shot its back – a horse bucking

Shove the queer – pass counterfeit money

Shuck- a cigarette with corn shuck wrapping

Shuck off -take clothes off

Shut yer cock holster – shut your mouth

Sidle – move sideways

Sierra- a range of hills or mountains

Siesta- noon time nap

Silk – barbed wire

Silla- chair or seat

Simon pure – the real thing

Sin-buster – preacher

Sinker – biscuit

Sipper – gravy

Siwash- sleep unsheltered in the open

Sixes and sevens – in a state of confusion

Six-shooter coffee – strong coffee

Six-shooter horse – fast horse

Skedaddle – scurry away

Skeer- scare

Skim a razor- to drive a hard bargain

Skin game – a swindle

Skink – to serve a drink

Skinned- to keep a sharp lookout

Skip a cog – to make a mistake

Skookum- devil; evil spirit

Skookum house- jail

Skull – head man anywhere

Skunk cabbage – strong-scented, repulsive plant.

Sky a copper – toss up a penny

Skunk eggs – onions

Slap – paint, rouge, cosmetics

Slap-Jacks – pancakes

Slate- a quarrel

Slatted its sails – horse bucking.

Slewed – moderately drunk

Slick – to swallow.

Slick as a whistle- do something smoothly

Slick as grease – do something smoothly

Slick heeled man- not wearing spurs

Slick up – dress up or make make fine

Slicking – whipping with hickory switches

Sling -a drink of equal parts of rum and sweetened water

Sling your bunk – go away

Slops -large and loose trousers

Slower than molasses in January – really slow

Slug – a twenty-dollar piece

Slush – grease or fat from salt meat

Small fry – young children or persons of little importance

Small potatoes -worthless

Smoke pole – six-gun

Snake-headed – mean; unpleasant

Snapperhead -an impertinent fellow

Snoozer – a thief who robs hotel guests

Snow birds- men who enlist in the army for food and shelter in the winter then abandons in the spring

Snubbing post- a post to tie a horse upon

Snuffy- jumpy; suspicious

Soak – to bake thoroughly

Soaked – drunk

Sockdologer -a powerful punch

Sodbuster – farmer

Soiled dove – prostitute

Sold his saddle – disgraced

Sole-slogger- shoe-maker

Son of a bitch stew- concoction of cow heart, testicles, tongue, liver and marrow gut

Sound on the goose – true

Soup – nitroglycerine

Sour on- get sick of someone

Sourdough – an experienced prospector

Sowbelly – bacon

Sow bossom- salt pork

Spanish dagger- prairie porcupine grass

Spanish supper- tightening of belt over an empty belly

Spark -a lover, a beau

Sparking – courting

Sparrow catching- looking for a woman to go out with

Speeler- gambler

Spell – for a while

Spider -cast iron frying-pan with three legs

Spilled- get thrown from horse

Splashing- talking without making sense

Split fair- to tell the truth

Squatter – a person who settles on land without legal title

Squeeze the biscuit -grabbing the saddle horn

Squirrel can- receptacle for odds and ends

Sparrow catching – looking for a girl to go out with

Speeler – gambler

Splashing -talking without making sense

Split fair -tell the truth

Spoon- make love

Spread oneself – to boast

Squat- to occupy land without legal claim

Squatter- a man settled without legal claim

Squeeze the biscuit

Squiffed- slightly intoxicated

Stall your mug – make yourself scarce

Stand the gaff -take punishment in good spirit

Steamer -tobacco pipe.

Stemps -legs

Stepping ken – A dance house

Stew -a confusion of mind

Stew in one’s own juice – to suffer from one’s own action

Sticker – a butcher

Sticks – furniture

Stogies – cheap, secondhand boots

Stomp – dance

Stoved-up -badly injured

Stove-pipe – a silk hat

Strapper – woman of a bulky form

Strapping – huge

Stretch hemp- to be hanged by the neck

Stretcher -notorious lie

Stretchin’ the blanket -telling a tall tale.

String – line of horses

String – a whip

Stringing a whizzer -telling a tall tale

Strong enough to float a colt – strong coffee

Stump liquor -corn liquor

Stump orator – man who preaches from the stump of a tree

Stumper -a puzzler

Suck egg -a silly person

Sucker – a hard drinker

Sugar – kiss or loving

Suicide gun- gun which lacks power to a man dead

Sunday-face – the buttocks

Sunfish- dangerous jumping tornado

Sure as a gun – absolutely certain

Surface coal – cowchips

Swag- a quantity, a load

swallow fork- to wander without purpose

Swallow one’s head- horse bucking

Swamp seed -rice

Swaper- the cook

Swan -so surprised, ready to pass out

Sweater- man not a member, but hangs around

Sweet on -in love with

Swing a wide loop- to live freely


Table muscle – a pot belly

Taffy – flattery

‘Taint – it is not

Take french leave – sneak off without permission

Take the rag off – surpass

Talk a donkey’s hind leg off – talk with no purpose

Talking-iron -a gun or rifle

Tall hog at the trough – superior

Tamale- Mexican dish, mined meat rolled in corn shucks

Tan your hide -spanking

Tangle-footed -drunk from bad whiskey

Taos lightening – any potent liquor

Tarantula juice -cheap whiskey

Tarnation- euphorism for the devil

Teapot -railroad station

Tear -a spree

Tearin’ up Jake -making a lot of noise

Tear squeezer – sad story

Techy as a teased snake -irritable

Tee-totaller -a man who avoids every kind of alcohol

Temescal- sweat house or bathhouse

Ten-cent man – A small, narrow-mindedman

Ten Commandments – fingers

Tenderfoot – person new to the job

Tenderloin – the red light district

Texas butter- gravy made of flower, hot water and fried steak grease

Texas cake walk- a hanging

That dog won’t hunt- an idea isn’t believe to work

Three legged mare- gallows

Three ways from Sunday- move in quickly

Throw off on- make fun of

Throw up the sponge- quit

Thumbbuster- single action pistol

Thumping- very large

Tie to- rely on

Tienda- a shop or store

Tiger town or Tiger alley- alley or street where there’s many gambling halls, brothels and/ or saloons

Tight- a difficult situation

Tightener- a hearty meal

Timber line- mountainous country where trees don’t grow

Timbers- legs

Tin horn- Cheap and flashy

Tin horn lot- express contempt towards small minded fellow

Tinker’s news- news that already been told

Titivate – dress up

Tit for tat – being treated the way you treat others

To lam- beat soundly

To lass -catch with a lasso

To lather – to beat

To monkey – to play tricks

To row up – punish with words

To saw – to hoax

Toad strangler -heavy rain

Togs – clothing

Tombstones – large teeth

Tongue oil -strong liquor or the ability to talk easy

Tonsil paint- strong liquor

Tonsil varnish – strong liquor

Too much mustard -a braggart

Top-sawyer – excellence

Tornado juice -whiskey

Tortilla- bread made of ground corn

Tottie -a fast girl

Tottle – walk unsteadily

Towelling – a beating

Trace – a path

Trampoose -to wander

Traps- personal gear

Trat – pretty girl

Tricks – ones personal belongings

Trimmings -bread and butter

Trompillo- common deadly night shade

Trotter boxes, Trotter cases -shoes or boots

Trounce – to beat

Tub-thumping – street preaching

Tuckered out – exhausted

Tucson bed- lying on stomach covering that with back

Tumble weed- a fiddle footed fellow

Twine- a rope or to rope

Twist -a good appetite

Twister- a liar or a tornado

Twistical – tortuous

Twisting the tiger’s tail -playing poker

Two whoops and a holler -not far away


Ugly as a mud fence – someone who is ugly

Uncorkin’ a bronc -breaking a horse

Unmentionables -underwear

Unsalted – inexperienced

Unshucked -naked

Unwound -a horse bucking

Up a tree- difficulty, cornered

Up the spout – imprisoned

Upper story – the brain, the head


Valley tan – liquor sold in Mormon Country

Velvet couch- a cowboy’s bed roll

Vamoose -to disappear

Vaulting house -brothel

Vee totaller- one who avoids any kind of alcohol

Vega- a large plain stretch og open grassland

Velvet couch -a cowboy’s bedroll

Village- a colony of prairie dogs


Wag-tail -a prostitute

Wait on -to court

Wake snakes -to raise a ruckus

Wake up the wrong passenger – trouble the wrong person

Walk the chalk -walk straight

Wall – roll your eyes

Wallow stone- small stone to wallow around mouth when dry

Wamble-cropped – sick to the stomache

War bonnet – a woman’s hat

Wash- channel of seasonal water course

Wasp nest – light bread

Wattles -ears

Wag- in a rage

Wearing the bustle wrong -referring to a pregnant woman

Weather-breeder – A cloudless sky, after a succession of rainy weather

Weed – tobacco

Well- healed- well armed

Whale away -to preach

Whaling -a lashing, a beating

Whale- a big, strapping fellow

Whap -a quick stroke

Whapping – large

What in the tarnation – “What the hell?”

Whip belly- bad beer

Whip one’s weight in wild cats- to defeat a powerful opponent

Whistle berries -beans

White eye – maize whiskey

White-eyed – Exhausted

White liner -an alcoholic

White tape – gin

White wine- gin

Whole kit and caboodle – the whole thing

Whomper-jawed – ueven

Whoop it up- to have a good time

Whoremonger – man who frequents prostitutes

Widow -the gallows

Widow maker – A very bad horse

Wiki up – quickly constructed shelter of brush saplings

Wild bunch- untamed bunch of men or horses

Wild mare’s milk – whiskey

Winchester- a rifle

Windy -tall tale

Windjammer- tall tale

Wipe your chin – shut your mouth

Wolfer – man with a large appetite or a hard drinker

Wood pussy- a skunk

Woolsey- inferior hat

Worse than a cat in a roomful of rockers -a nervous person

Wrapper- loose gown or dress

Wreck tub- tub carried on chuck wagon for dirty cup plate, etc.

Wrinkled his spine – horse bucking



Yack- stupid person

Yam- to eat

Yamp- to steal

Yammering- talking

Yannigan bag -a bag for personal items

Yarn -a story

Yellow belly -a coward

Yellow leg- U. S. calvary men

Yellow hammer -gold coin

Yucca country- southwest


Zaguan- entrance hall to buildings

Zangero- a digger of ditches

   Since 1983 [High School] -2000 [12 years ago] I’m like any other straight guy, I want to date a woman. once 1998 came around I had put myself away from TV and by 2003 I look back of all the women I was hoping to date I came aware that I wasn’t looking in the right way. neither of them were suitable for me. It was difficult though from 1990-1998 while unemployed and no benefits whatsoever from the government. How could any women want to date a guy who has no income, unless she’s a single woman with no children. I’m a plain-looking [kind of cute] guy, so I didn’t waste my time on the good-looking ones, just the plain Janes.

   From 2003-2009 with a job[from 1998-2009] 2006, 2007, and 2008 full-time only came temporary in the summer. I did mention to several women that had more of the same awareness and feeling on subjects and same ideas. Although nothing happened with anyone of them. i know there’s plenty of them out there eventually one could be interested, so I kept going.

   Then 2008 came along  and I see this woman at one of two coffee houses that I frequent. Although I wasn’t too interested, only that she was much older than the H.S. and college girls I’m not interested in. They are too young. I have preference of 7 years from age. Although didn’t know much, it could be an interest. Got to know a little in 2009, yet I believe she was in a relationship, but not sure.There was an older man near her age I’ve never seen before until I saw her working there.I find out she was the new owner. Eventually in 2010 the coffee-house closed so she can work full-time on her farm in Cambridge, N.Y.. It seems she was single in 2010. 2011 it came apparent we have a lot in common.

    Then it was 2009 I met another woman, the most attractive woman I ever met, since I stayed away from most of the media I’m not talking about the good looks they flaunt the masses as what is consider good-looking. It’s a different look completely. Wasn’t also in 2010 this second woman I begin to know a little about. It seems we wound up in a lot of places throughout the year, making it seems we have a lot of interests. Then in 2011 more interests came.

    Although I had several other women as interest in 2009 my financial stability to date someone with not a great amount of income for two people, I could not ask any out unless she did have a big enough income for two or a family of three. But I’m not sure of my plain look that those women who had the money would go for me. Yet I didn’t find any of them to be suitable for me. All the others besides these 2 women that seemed suitable 2003-2009 they weren’t definite. The other two were a little more to be the more suitable. But wasn’t definite about these 2 until it was 2011 April or May that I knew the same awareness and feelings and ideas of many subject matter. Also have plenty enough interests giving me they were a sure thing. The only problem either to find a job in Cambridge, N.Y. or one near the  Glens Falls area to order to ask either one out . Because I wanted bring some financial stability into the relationship. Yet still no income. especially the time I finally found 2 suitable women after 38 years of searching. Most likely of all the jobs around not much out in Cambridge than around in Glens Falls. The woman in Glens Falls would be the most likely candidate since it looks more promising a job would be presented to me in Glens Falls.

    I don’t care much about whether or not if I can sell my art, especially if I have a job. But, it would be nice since no income. I find several more things about the second. She some interests of couple of major bands I wouldn’t mind wasting money on. I only have interest in maybe 5-6  of them, I’d rather listen to local/original[independent bands/musicians] She has interest in Primus and Nine Inch Nails. I also noticed something I’ve always wanted to do is to ski. Cross-country I prefer but when snowboards started to come around they fascinated me. And that’s just an extra interest.

   We had fun painting a set together. She also asked me to help her with another project which I’m not sure what happened to, but I would have enjoyed to do it with her. most every time she’s in my presence I would usually make her my focal point. But knowing I have known income it’s difficult to ask her out with no financial stability. It turns out she’s been dating lately with another plain-looking man. Making me believe I could have had a chance with her, the odds would have stacked in my favor. It burns me up inside not knowing she might have said yes to me.

   Is it too much to ask for a $200 a week income? We could add $30 extra for food, $2 to spend on the town or elsewhere then $150 checking/savings. Apparently my aspirations are too high. I’m not sure that small amount would get me yes, but at least I got a oppurtunity to ask her even if she said no, I wouldn’t be this depressed. I’d move to a new one. Hoping she could be suitable for me. Even if I wind up with a 6 figure income I’d rather spend it with her. I wanted to be the one to make her happy.

  I’m not saying he’s not suitable, but I’d like to have the opportunity to be able to ask her when I had the financial stability and to know she was suitable. I did want to ask her, just the financial stability would be a big problem. I have listened to women and have had me change enough to be right man for the wishes they want out if man. There’s not much men it seems that this type. Yet unfortunately I’m not able to show a woman I’m considerate, respect, can compromise, and give the emotional support they need.

  If i did get a 6 figure income or somehow millions I would give it all up if I could go back and have a job with the least of money per week she would except as an income to be in a relationship with her. I can be attentive and be honest in a conversation with one of these women. Both of us has enough concerns that are important to us. We have enough interests and a diverse leisure activity to keep the relationship interesting. We enough of the same point of views would also keep the relationship strong. It seems to me I’m always at a disadvantage on all the circumstances that occurs in my life. If I do get a job its a good thing, but it came at the wrong time. Like 3-4 months too late. When I do get some income and these two are still in a relationship I’ll be depressed. the longer they’re together the depressed I’ll get. I can wait to see if they break up. But, when is that 25- 30 years from now. I don’t want to wait that long. I want to leave this unfortunate life I have. Always at a disadvantage.

As of February 15, 2012 I’ve written 600 poems. 149 of them are at this site. 

poeticfreak doesn’t work when I try to login.

I have made 8 disc of poetry and soundscapes. 

I’m able to make 2 CDs out of them all. Also had another made by a freind.

Here’s the titles to all of the soundscapes/poems all with unconventional musical instruments.