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Western Word of the Week - The Whole 9 Yards - #WesternWordoftheWeek #WesternWednesdays

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The Whole 9 Yards - everything; a whole lot; all the way

Origin of the term: Hellcat fighters had trays nine yards long that held 400 rounds of 50-caliber ammunition; when they used all the ammunition they "gave them the whole 9 yards"

Source:
History Channel, "America's Secret Slang" video series
www.history.com/shows/americas-secret-slang

Western Word of the Week - Basket Case - #WesternWordoftheWeek #WesternWednesdays

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Basket Case - soemone who was emotionally or mentally unstable

Origin of the term: Soldiers with post traumatic syndrom would weave baskets as therapy

Source:
History Channel, "America's Secret Slang" video series
www.history.com/shows/americas-secret-slang

Western Word of the Week - No Man's Land - #WesternWordoftheWeek #WesternWednesdays

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No Man's Land - land that is unoccupied or disputed

Origin of the term: During World War 1, soldiers would dig trenches on either side of a battlefield. For anyone to jump up out of the trench and move forward would be risking their life. Therefore, that space between the trenches became a deadzone or a no man's land.

Source:
History Channel, "America's Secret Slang" video series
www.history.com/shows/americas-secret-slang

Western Word of the Week - Ironclad - #WesternWordoftheWeek #WesternWednesdays

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Ironclad - impenetrable; unbreakable

Origin of the term: War ships in the 1860's were covered with iron plating and considered rock-solid or undestructable

Source:
History Channel, "America's Secret Slang" video series
www.history.com/shows/americas-secret-slang

Western Word of the Week - Going on a Bender - #WesternWordoftheWeek #WesternWednesdays

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Going on a Bender - to drink too much alcohol; binge drinking; drinking for a long period

Origin of the term: To bend the elbow to drink whiskey in more frequent drinking

Source:
History Channel, "America's Secret Slang" video series
www.history.com/shows/americas-secret-slang

Western Word of the Week - Pass the Buck - #WesternWordoftheWeek #WesternWednesdays

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Pass the Buck - to hand something off onto someone else (usually something unpleasant)

Origin of the term: During poker game, a buck knife would be pssed before a player on his turn

Source:
History Channel, "America's Secret Slang" video series
www.history.com/shows/americas-secret-slang

Western Word of the Week - Showboating - #WesternWordoftheWeek #WesternWednesdays

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Showboating - flashy; showing off

Origin of the term: A new class of steamboats were created that were super-fancy and even had theatres.

Source:
History Channel, "America's Secret Slang" video series
www.history.com/shows/americas-secret-slang

Western Word of the Week - Hogwash - #WesternWordoftheWeek #WesternWednesdays

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Hogwash - nonsense; dirty food or water

Origin of the term: Before pigs or hogs were allowed onto a ship, they had to be scrubbed. The dirty water was called "hog wash".

Source:
History Channel, "America's Secret Slang" video series
www.history.com/shows/americas-secret-slang

Western Word of the Week - Let Off Steam - #WesternWordoftheWeek #WesternWednesdays

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Let Off Steam - to vent or complain to relieve some anger or frustration

Origin of the term: Robert Fulton's steamboat allowed boats to go upriver easily, but they're engines were prone to explosions. So there was a safety valve installed on them to release some steam and prevent an explosion.

Source:
History Channel, "America's Secret Slang" video series
www.history.com/shows/americas-secret-slang

Western Word of the Week - Barge into Someone - #WesternWordoftheWeek #WesternWednesdays

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Barge into Someone - run forcefully into someone

Origin of the term: River barges could only go downstream and had little manueverability so they would bang into other boats and barges on their journey

Source:
History Channel, "America's Secret Slang" video series
www.history.com/shows/americas-secret-slang

Western Word of the Week - Bark up the Wrong Tree - #WesternWordoftheWeek #WesternWednesdays

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Bark up the Wrong Tree - to follow the wrong course; bothering someone; to pursue a fruitless activity

Origin of the term: Hunting dogs something got distracted by a scent and barked at empty trees

Source:
History Channel, "America's Secret Slang" video series
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Western Word of the Week - Trailblazing - #WesternWordoftheWeek #WesternWednesdays

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Trailblazing - being the first to conquer/discover something/somewhere

Origin of the term: People made trails in unexplored woods and marked their tracks with a "blaze" (a white mark) on a tree

Source:
History Channel, "America's Secret Slang" video series
www.history.com/shows/americas-secret-slang