Cowboy Lingo

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1936 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 253 pages
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The cowboy — that enigmatic, larger-than-life icon of our culture —has long been considered a figure of fast hands, steel nerves, and few words. But according to Ramon Adams, cowboys, once among themselves, enjoyed a vivid, often boisterous repartee. You might say that around a campfire they could make more noise than “a jackass in a tin barn.” Here in one volume is a complete guide to cowboy-speak. Like many of today’s foreign language guides, this handy book is organized not alphabetically but situationally, lest you find yourself in Texas at a loss for words. There are sections on the ranch, the cowboy’s duties, riding equipment, the roundup, roping, branding, even square dancing. There are words and phrases you’ll recognize because they’ve filtered into everyday language — “blue lightnin’,” “star gazin’,” “the whole shebang” — plus countless others that, sadly, are seldom heard in current speech: “lonely as a preacher on pay night,” “restless as a hen on a hot griddle,” “crooked as a snake in a cactus patch.” As entertaining as it is authoritative, COWBOY LINGO captures the living speech of the Great Plains and serves as a window into the soul of the American West.
 

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i bought this book for my nephew for christmas. he LOVED it. great book for your little cowboy or cowgirl. with all the slang language out there it is nice to have one thats clean. Read full review

Contents

THE RANCH
9
THE COWBOY AND His DUTIES
19
His COSTUME AND FURNISHINGS
29
His RIDING EQUIPMENT
39
ROPES AND ROPING
51
CATTLE
63
HORSES
75
RIDING
91
THE COMMISSARY
141
RUSTLERS AND OUTLAWS
151
GUNS
159
NICKNAMES
169
THE COWBOY DANCE
179
MISCELLANEOUS EXPRESSIONS
193
FIGURES OF SPEECH
205
MORE FIGURES OF SPEECH
221

THE ROUNDUP
105
BRANDS AND EARMARKS
115
THE TRAIL
131

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About the author (1936)

Ramon F. Adams (1889-1976) was an American cowboy, a musician, a folklorist, and the author of numerous books on western Americana.

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