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

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Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...or, as I affectionately call it, Western Wednesdays!

Punching - the term for herding cattle

Originally, "cowpuncher" who a man hired specifically to chaperone a shipment of cattle. Eventually "cowpuncher" was shortened to "puncher". They didn't actually punch a cow but they did prod it to keep it moving. The device they used was a "prod-pole".

Source:
Cowboy Lingo by Ramon F. Adams; ISBN#0-618-08349-9

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