October 13-28 I plan to be in Peru. As you read this, I’ll likely be rafting the Urubamba or trekking the heights of Macchu Picchu. Since I won’t be present to respond to your comments, I hope you’ll get a chuckle out of this list of Western slang phrases. The list is adapted from THE WRITER’S GUIDE TO EVERYDAY LIFE IN THE 1800s, by Marc McCutcheon (Writer’s Digest Books, 1993).
I tried and tried to format these into a neat single-column list. The program wouldn’t cooperate. Made me as mad as a peeled rattler!
all horns and rattles: very angry
as blind as a post hole: very blind
barkin’ at a knot: doing something useless
colder’n a witch’s tit: very cold
could follow a woodtick on solid rock: expert at tracking
dead as a can of corned beef: dead
doesn’t use up all his kindlin’ to make a fire: doesn’t waste words on small talk
don’t go wakin’ snakes: don’t make waves
grinnin’ like a possum eatin’ a yellowjacket: happy or embarrassed
harder than tyin’ down a bobcat with a piece of string: difficult
hot enough to wither a fence post: very hot
mad as a peeled rattler: very mad
mad enough to swallow a horn-toad backwards: very mad
only a fool argues with a skunk, a mule or a cook: self explanatory
short as a tall hold on a bear: very short
you can’t hitch a horse with a coyote: referring to opposites who marry
How about you? Do you know any fun Western slang you can add to this list?