Writing Tips       Medieval History       Ancient Rome       Architecture       Old West                                                 

Western Word of the Week - Coosie - #WesternWordoftheWeek

Howdy!

Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...

Coosie - a colloquial term for a cook

Other terms include "biscuit shooter", "cusie", "dough wrangler", "puncher", "hasher", and "pot rustler".

Source:
The Cowboy Encyclopedia by Richard W Slatta; ISBN#0-87436-738-7

Western Word of the Week - Converter - #WesternWordoftheWeek

Howdy!

Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...

Converter - a colloquial term for a preacher

Source:
The Cowboy Encyclopedia by Richard W Slatta; ISBN#0-87436-738-7

Western Word of the Week - Chinks - #WesternWordoftheWeek

Howdy!

Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...

Chinks - a type of chaps (Anglicized from chigaderos)

The term "chaps" came from the Spanish words "chaparejos" or "chaparreras". The pieces of leather covered the front and sides of the legs attached with thongs or buckles behind the legs.

See some really good information on Chinks and a video showing how to get measured for them on the Old West Saddlery site: OldWestSaddlery.com

Source:
The Cowboy Encyclopedia by Richard W Slatta; ISBN#0-87436-738-7

Western Word of the Week - Cavallard - #WesternWordoftheWeek

Howdy!

Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...

Cavallard - a band of saddle horses, also called cavvyard and cavvy. Originally from Spanish word "caballada". The cowboy who handled the horses was known as a cavvy-man.

Source:
The Cowboy Encyclopedia by Richard W Slatta; ISBN#0-87436-738-7

Western Word of the Week - Catgut - #WesternWordoftheWeek

Howdy!

Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...

Catgut - a rope made from rawhide or natural animal fibers

Other terms for rawhide rope include "gut line", "riata" or "reata" (which is more of a braided rawhide rope), and a "whale line" (not necessarily made of rawhide)

Source:
The Cowboy Encyclopedia by Richard W Slatta; ISBN#0-87436-738-7

Western Word of the Week - Capataz - #WesternWordoftheWeek

Howdy!

Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...

Capataz - a ranch foreman who works under the manager or the ranch boss

Another name for a ranch foreman is "Caporal", which means "corporal" in Spanish.

Source:
The Cowboy Encyclopedia by Richard W Slatta; ISBN#0-87436-738-7

Western Word of the Week - Can Openers - #WesternWordoftheWeek

Howdy!

Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...

Can Openers - a humorous name for spurs

Other names given to spurs include "diggers", "gad" or "gads", "hell rousers", "hooks", etc.

A good illustration and explanation of spurs can be found here: Cowboy-spurs.com

Source:
The Cowboy Encyclopedia by Richard W Slatta; ISBN#0-87436-738-7

Western Word of the Week - Bunkhouse - #WesternWordoftheWeek

Howdy!

Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...

Bunkhouse - a house of bunks where cowboys live and sleep; usually one large room with several cots and very little other furniture

Other names for a bunhouse include "dice house" and "doghouse"

I did a google search and found a bunch of images out there for ranch bunkhouse: Click here to see the images.

Source:
The Cowboy Encyclopedia by Richard W Slatta; ISBN#0-87436-738-7

Western Word of the Week - Bulldogging - #WesternWordoftheWeek

Howdy!

Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...

Bulldogging - term for steer wrestling or, more accurately, wrestling a steer to the ground.

You can find a ton of videos on YouTube on how cowboys perform this both for ranching purposes and for rodeo-event purposes.

Source:
The Cowboy Encyclopedia by Richard W Slatta; ISBN#0-87436-738-7

Western Word of the Week - Bug Juice - #WesternWordoftheWeek

Howdy!

Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...

Bug Juice - a colloquial term for whiskey

There are plenty of colorful, off-the-wall terms for whiskey including "base burner", "brave maker", "coffin varnish", "deadshot", "firewater", and more.

Source:
The Cowboy Encyclopedia by Richard W Slatta; ISBN#0-87436-738-7

Western Word of the Week - Bodega - #WesternWordoftheWeek

Howdy!

Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...

Bodega - a Spanish term for a cheap saloon

Another term for cheap saloon was "bit house".

A "hog ranch" was both a saloon and a house of prostitution.

Source:
The Cowboy Encyclopedia by Richard W Slatta; ISBN#0-87436-738-7

Western Word of the Week - Blacksmithing - #WesternWordoftheWeek

Howdy!

Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...

Blacksmithing - another name for pimping [or offering prostitutes' services for sale]

Source:
The Cowboy Encyclopedia by Richard W Slatta; ISBN#0-87436-738-7