Western Words: A Dictionary of the Old West

Western Words A Dictionary of the Old West Western Words has words of cowboy language as vibrant now as it was in the old American frontier Within the cowman s figures of speech lie the rich field of his subtle humor and strength unique

  • Title: Western Words: A Dictionary of the Old West
  • Author: Ramon F. Adams
  • ISBN: 9780781805902
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Paperback
  • Western Words has 5,000 words of cowboy language as vibrant now as it was in the old American frontier Within the cowman s figures of speech lie the rich field of his subtle humor and strength unique, original, full flavored With his usually limited education he squeezes the juice from language, molds it to suit his needs, and is a genius at making a verb out of anythinWestern Words has 5,000 words of cowboy language as vibrant now as it was in the old American frontier Within the cowman s figures of speech lie the rich field of his subtle humor and strength unique, original, full flavored With his usually limited education he squeezes the juice from language, molds it to suit his needs, and is a genius at making a verb out of anything He don t have to fish round for no decorated language to make his meanin clear, and has little patience with the man who spouts words that run eight to the pound Perhaps the strength and originality in his speech are due to the solitude, the nearness of the stars, the bigness of the country, and the far horizons all of which give him a chance to think clearly and go into the depths of his own mind Wide spaces don t breed chatterboxes On his long and lonely rides, he is not forced to listen to the scandal and idle gossip that dwarf a man s mind Quite frequently he has no one to talk to but a horse from the author s Introduction

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