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Western Word of the Week - Catgut - #WesternWordoftheWeek

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

Western Word of the Week - Biscuit - #WesternWordoftheWeek

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Biscuit - a colloquial term for the saddle horn

Other names for saddle horn include "apple", "handle", and "Lizzy".

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

Western Word of the Week - Bar Dog - #WesternWordoftheWeek

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Bar Dog - a colloquial term for a bartender

Some interesting notes found in this book under "Saloons": while North American colonists had preferred rum, western cowboys preferred harder drinks like whiskey (or "bitters"). By the end of the 19th century, beer became more popular in the west with the availability of breweries.

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

Western Word of the Week - Bangtail - #WesternWordoftheWeek

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Bangtail - colloquial term for a wild or untamed horse, such as a Mustang

Other names for untamed horses include "bronc", "bronco", and "broncho"

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

Western Word of the Week - Axle Grease - #WesternWordoftheWeek

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Axle Grease - a humorous term for butter

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