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March 3, 2009 10:09 AM   Subscribe


 
Cocksucker is still my favorite.
posted by hifiparasol at 10:13 AM on March 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


Absquatulate?
posted by mudpuppie at 10:25 AM on March 3, 2009 [2 favorites]


He was as popular as a wet dog at a parlor social.

Even if it takes me my entire life, I will find away to say this, aloud, in the correct context.
posted by The Whelk at 10:34 AM on March 3, 2009 [5 favorites]


All Beer and Skittles - Unpleasant, not so happy

I could have sworn this phrase meant the opposite.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 10:36 AM on March 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


Her face looks like a dime's worth of dog meat.

Could someone please adjust for inflation?
posted by StickyCarpet at 10:38 AM on March 3, 2009


I learnt all I needed from Deadwood.
posted by sfts2 at 10:48 AM on March 3, 2009


By gum! This is all-fired fine as cream gravy.
posted by redsparkler at 10:58 AM on March 3, 2009


He was mad enough to swallow a horn-toad backwards twice.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:14 AM on March 3, 2009


The Cowboy Code is interesting to read, but I have no doubt that like common conceptions of Chivalry and Bushido it is and was mostly glamorized by people not actually out on the battlefield or range, covered in blood or cow shit, and trying to stay alive.

I've always liked the, possibly much more modern: Saddle your own horse, cull your own herd, and bury your own dead.
posted by Science! at 11:18 AM on March 3, 2009 [2 favorites]


All Beer and Skittles

The original tagline for Skittlebrau.
posted by hifiparasol at 11:29 AM on March 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


Saddle your own horse, cull your own herd, and bury your own dead

and don't squat with your spurs on
posted by JParker at 11:46 AM on March 3, 2009


omg, you know im gonna start adding some of these to my repertoire...
posted by Rhodamine at 12:03 PM on March 3, 2009


If you're at all like me, the first thing you looked up was 'consarnit' as sputtered by Gabby Johnson in "Blazing Saddles". Sadly, it was nowhere to be found.
posted by digsrus at 12:06 PM on March 3, 2009


Citations, please.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 12:07 PM on March 3, 2009


I'm curious to know how they vetted these phrases as "Western". I heard a few of them growing up in the South in the '70s. I distinctly remember my grandfather saying someone was so mean he could hunt bear with a switch, and as kids we used several of the "S/He's so ugly...." phrases ("uglier than homemade sin" remains a favorite).
posted by magstheaxe at 12:52 PM on March 3, 2009


I'm just sad that "Rutting" wasn't a euphemism/ replacement for the term "fucking" after all. Clearly Firefly has led me astray.
posted by quin at 12:55 PM on March 3, 2009


I always figured "western" meant anything not European or the settled parts of the Northern Eastern US. For instance, I've heard New Yorkers refer to Chicago as "west." People think of Little House on the Prairie as part of the Old West genre, and that's Missouri!
posted by small_ruminant at 1:02 PM on March 3, 2009


Citations, please.

Exactly. Sites like this are fun, but I don't trust 'em far as I can throw a bull by the tail. (Samuel G. Blythe, The Fakers, George H. Doran, 1914, p. 152.)
posted by languagehat at 1:17 PM on March 3, 2009 [4 favorites]


People think of Little House on the Prairie as part of the Old West genre...

Yankees greener'n a dead sherriff's star shore do.
posted by cmoj at 1:18 PM on March 3, 2009


Anything west of I-95 is cowboy country, yes?
posted by JoanArkham at 1:24 PM on March 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


Minnesota is part of the Great Northwest. One of our locally produced beers, Hamms, is the brew that grew with the Great Northwest. So we're all, like, lumberjacls and gold miners and shit.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:30 PM on March 3, 2009


JoanArkham: "Anything west of I-95 is cowboy country, yes?"

Yes. Anything east is pretty much fancy pants people pretending they're still in Europe.

Also, Hamms is $4 for a 12 pack here in Kansas, I drank a few then saw a hipster drinking it on a front stoop and refused to buy it again. True story.
posted by Science! at 1:35 PM on March 3, 2009


See also: Reflection's Edge Guide to Lingo and Slang
posted by Pants! at 1:35 PM on March 3, 2009


Anything west of I-95 is cowboy country, yes?

It must be, because there's a section of western Massachsetts called "The Pioneer Valley." I never go that far west, but we can safely assume that it's full of people in covered wagons wearing hoop skirts and coon skin caps, as well as hostile indians.
posted by Mayor Curley at 1:44 PM on March 3, 2009


I never go that far west, but we can safely assume that it's full of people in covered wagons wearing hoop skirts and coon skin caps, as well as hostile indians.

Coon skin caps would be most frowned upon in Northampton.
posted by cerebus19 at 1:50 PM on March 3, 2009


Where's "all hat and no cattle"?

Some of these are still in use where I'm from. Still, it's nice to see an effort to compile some Western US lingo. I never knew "necktie party" was specific to the West, though...
posted by Grrlscout at 2:06 PM on March 3, 2009


I'm pretty sure "All hat and no cattle" is ascribed to Texas, accurate or no.
posted by christhelongtimelurker at 2:24 PM on March 3, 2009


Science!, that hipster is totally crying now and refuses to drink Hamms either, so you're free to get back on the Hammswagon. Thanks.
posted by theefixedstars at 2:40 PM on March 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


All Beer and Skittles - Unpleasant, not so happy

I could have sworn this phrase meant the opposite.


I think it's supposed to be preceded by "not".

Agreed that while this site is fun, it would be much improved by literary references.
posted by theefixedstars at 2:44 PM on March 3, 2009


They forgot "peckerwood".

There's a word that should be used a lot more often.
posted by bwg at 4:28 PM on March 3, 2009




I like old western stuff, one of my favorite old photos was of cowboys eating ice cream while skating in a rollerskating rink.
Men was men in those days.
posted by Iron Rat at 8:21 PM on March 3, 2009


I love old western slang more than I can possibly convey. Although for some reason this list reminded me of prison slang.
posted by UsernameFilter at 4:03 AM on March 5, 2009


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