Fellow blogger and frequent commenter on this site (thanks, Ron!), Ron Scheer, who keeps the Western-focused Buddies in the Saddle blog, had a great post yesterday called Old West Glossary No. 3. It’s the third installment of a series he’s had going this past year that lists old phrases and terms he’s dug up over the years as a reader and film-lover that were used back in the day. I absolutely love this kind of thing. Here are a couple tastes:
blue blotter = one who drinks heavily. “But when a man’s making a blue blotter of himself, things don’t look the same to him.” William MacLeod Raine, Brand Blotters.
crawfish = to back down, run away. “He’s took his stand, and done what he allowed was right. After that, he ain’t built to crawfish.” Emerson Hough, Heart’s Desire.
Continuing the theme, a similar post hit my Google feed today courtesy of another favorite site, The Art of Manliness, called Three Sheets to the Wind: Nautical Slang in Common Usage. Here are a couple tidbits from that article: