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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Some Fun With Western Slang

Western slang is a big part of the authenticity of any western, regardless of the sub-genre. Context will usually clue you in to what a phrase actually means, but you might just as easily find yourself completely perplexed. So, just for the fun of it, here are a dozen Old West slang phrases that you might find both confusing and amusing. See if you can figure out what they mean. The answers are at the end.


1. We ought to hire him to keep the windmill going.
2. He doesn’t use up all his kindlin’ to make a fire.
3. He was grinnin’ like a possum eatin’ a yellow jacket.
4. His hinges got loosened.
5. He had more wind than a bull in green corn time.
6. You can’t hitch a horse to a coyote.
7. He’s ridin’ herd on that woman.
8. He’s padding out his belly every chance he gets.
9. He spent all morning airin’ his paunch.
10. That kid could knock a dead dog off a gut wagon.
11. That guy couldn’t drive nails in a snowbank.
12. That feller looks like someone swiped the silver linin’ off his cloud.
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1. He talks so much he creates his own wind.
2. He doesn’t waste words on small talk.
3. He was happy (or embarrassed).
4. He got thrown from a horse.
5. He was “full of hot air.”
6. Two opposites don’t make a good marriage.
7. He’s courting that woman.
8. He’s eating every chance he gets.
9. He spent all morning vomiting.
10. That kid stinks to high heaven.
11. That guy is a complete idiot.
12. That feller looks right sad.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

These are to funny, Linda! I guessed a few, okay, one or two. Thanks for the post.
Sherry

Will Edwinson said...

Hi Linda:

I'd heard variations of some of these; enough to figure them out.
3,5,7,and 11. It was a fun post.

LadyMac said...

This was such a fun post. I have cowboy relatives that, when joking around, still talk this way.

Eunice Boeve said...

Pretty funny. I guessed some, but not many. Here's one I read somewhere: He was just plain itchin to get out o' there, worsen a cow with her teats in a patch of thistle.