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Thread #117989   Message #2580848
Posted By: GUEST,Slag
04-Mar-09 - 02:00 AM
Thread Name: BS: cowboy alphabet
Subject: RE: BS: cowboy alphabet
Cayuse were/are an Indian tribe, I believe in northern Washington, with a rep for mean and ornery. And "ornery" is another good term.

The song "Strawberry Roan" has some great terminology.

If your cattle got the "collywobbles" you were in for a long night. If YOU got the collywobbles, head to the slit trench and hunker down.

Worthless was not worth a hoot or a holler.

The perennial sidekick of TV western heroes was Gabby Hayes and he could really run a string of purely western verbiage when prompted. One of his favorites was "I'll be hornswoggled."

"Tin star" was derogatory for a lawman and "Tin-horn" was a swindler or a phony.