Old West Lingo, Wisdom, and other BS
Growing up, I loved to hear my grandpa Dale (Pappy) Patton and other relatives spin their tales of yesteryear and the days of old. I was quiet as a creep-mouse as I listened to the wisdom, lingo, and of course the BS from the Old West. It was an extraordinary time, even magical, listening about cowboys, horses, cattle, ranches, wolves, Indians, outlaws, and yes even the soil doves of their times. Those tales and tall-tales had the power to pull me into a realm of dust, danger, and dreams. As I got older, I had inherited this flare for the telling of a story, tall-tale, and poetry. I had learned the art of storytelling from some of the best that the world has never heard of.
When you are watching a western movie or reading an old west novel did you ever wonder what some words mean? Have you ever come across letters or manifests from long dead kin you never heard of and read them? The words can be strange and also the context. Hopefully, this book can help in that regard.
From the horror of the Civil War, to the settling of the American West – pioneers, cowboys, soldiers, miners, gamblers, painted ladies, schoolmarms, and countless others developed their own lingo. These hardy and adventurous folks often used words, terms, and phrases hard to understand today. Yet, some of their lingo remains still in everyday language.
I write fictional adventure novels, and take a lot of pride in my research of old west history, geography, and the language. I prefer my heroes to be more educated, even if it means that they got their “schoolin” from books they carried in their saddlebags. My research comprises of old period newspapers, books, old letters from my relatives, and Google. It is my hope what you find in the pages that follow will be informative, interesting, and sometimes humorous. Even if you’re not looking for a definition, you’ll get a gander into the romance, charm, and character of the fast disappearing vistas of the American West.
What folks are saying:
5 Star review on Amazon: – Dan M.
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