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For those of you who want a better idea of life in the Wild West, Old West slang terms definitely help get you in that mindset of cowboys, cattle wranglin', and casually overlooked prostitution. A romanticized and often misunderstood period of US history, the Old West utilized a vernacular perfect for the dusty and gritty lifestyles of the pioneers and outlaws who brought the wild to the region. Things people used to say in old west capture the ambience of the land in ways watching John Wayne westerns and playing Oregon Trail could not. If you were to hit the saloon on a Friday night in a frontier town, instead of "getting trashed" you would "paint your nose," which you would be "feezed," not "hyped," to do.
Slang changed in numerous ways over many different eras in US history, from the Great Depression to the commercial boom of the '50s. Even the hobo population created slang of its own, displaying another vernacular that grew out of American culture. Read on to learn some splendiferous Wild West slang and Old West expressions that bring in a little of the frontier into your daily life.
High-Falutin' The manner of a self-important or pompous person.
Catawampus When things are askew or awry.
Leaky Mouth What someone has when they talk or gossip too much.
Backdoor Trots When you have diarrhea.
Prairie Coal Dried cow manure used to fuel fires.
Barkin' At A Knot When you're wasting time or doing something useless.
Toad Strangler A heavy rain or downpour.
Wobblin' Jaw What someone has when they talk or gossip too much.
Raisin' Sand To make trouble or cause a ruckus.
Lincoln Skins Paper money or cash; greenbacks.
Barkin' Irons A colorful name for pistols.
California Widow A woman who is separated from her husband (but not divorced).
Higgledy-Piggledy A state of confusion.
Black-Eyed Susan A six-chambered revolver pistol or six-gun.