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Western Word of the Week - Gaff - #WesternWordoftheWeek

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Gaff - to spur a horse (ie, hit the horse's flanks with the pokey spur to get it to move)

Other terms include gig or gouge.

To encourage a horse to buck, the cowboy would rake or scratch it with his spurs (probably causing pain).

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

Western Word of the Week - Flea-trap - #WesternWordoftheWeek

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Flea-trap - the cowboy's bedroll

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

Western Word of the Week - Drover - #WesternWordoftheWeek

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Drover - the cowboy who herded or drove the cattle along the trail

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

Western Travel - Minor-Porter Log House in Lewisville, Texas

LLELA (Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area) presents an open house for the Minor-Porter Log House every third Saturday (except during the hot summer months). It costs $5/car to enter the park. From the Cicada Pavilion parking lot, it is a quarter-mile walk along the Cottonwood Trail to the historic area.

The best part of this open house are the knowledgeable guides who are dressed in period clothes and can answer most of your questions. There is also a featured craft for kids. During December, the craft is a pinecone bird feeder.

Originally, the house was built in the area of Highland Village by William Tipton Minor and his wife, Mary, in 1869. After Mary died (in 1879), William married her sister, Vesta, and they had two children - Alice and Beecher. Vesta died in 1895. Alice married Clarence Olin Porter in 1901 and expanded around the log house - adding rooms, a dining room, and a kitchen. William died in 1926. Alice's five children eventually sold the property (late 1990's/early 2000s) to developers who had planned to demolish it. The log house was found inside and donated to the City of Lewisville. The city moved the house to LLELA in 2005 and restored it.

This placard shows you the skills and techniques for building a log cabin.

On the outside back wall of the cabin are several tools representing the ones that may have been used to construct this cabin.

The house is stocked with lots of antiques from this period such as this chair and basin.

Here is a view inside the house of the dining table and fireplace. Notice the yarn-winder in the back corner.

A neat little sitting-bed for guests or children. Large holes were drilled into the wall to insert the poles (and to remove when the bed was not needed).

Up a scary set of steep stairs with no railing, you can peek into the loft where younger children would have slept.

Barn/workshop

Smokehouse

For more information on the house, check out LLELA's site

Western Word of the Week - Diggers - #WesternWordoftheWeek

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Diggers - a colloquial term for spurs

Interesting tidbit - the Chinese first invented spurs thousands of years ago and became used in Greece around 430 BC.

Other terms for spurs: can openers, gads, grappling irons, hell rousers and hooks

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

Western Word of the Week - Coosie - #WesternWordoftheWeek

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Western Word of the Week - Air Tights - #WesternWordoftheWeek

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Air Tights - another name for canned goods, especially canned beans (that are basically air tight).

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