The Cowboys in the old west had their own way of expressing their thoughts and actions. Though some of the expressions they used are in use today, some are outdated.
Here are a few I thought interesting.
Ace-high ~ first class, respected.
Bend an elbow ~ have a drink.
Crowbait ~ derogatory term for a poor-quality horse.
Directly ~ soon.
Fish ~ a cowboy's rain slicker, from a rain gear manufacturer whose trademark was a fish logo.
Grass widow ~ divorcee.
Heeled ~ to be armed with a gun.
In apple pie order ~ in top shape.
Jawin’ me ta death – talking too much
Knocked into a cocked hat ~ fouled up, rendered useless.
Lunger ~ slang for someone with tuberculosis.
Mudsill ~ low-life, thoroughly disreputable person.
Nailed to the counter ~ proven a lie.
Odd stick ~ eccentric person.
Put a spoke in the wheel ~ to foul up or sabotage something.
Quirley ~ roll-your-own cigarette.
Raise hob – raise hell as in going to town to raise hell
Shave tail ~ a green, inexperienced person.
The Old States ~ back East.
Unreliable as woman’s watch – because women are always late
Viands – food, meals
Who-hit-John ~ Liquor, beer, intoxicating spirits.
Yarn the hours away – tell stories
Zonkard - One who is often in a drunken state