Writing an historical novel is rewarding and the research enjoyable in my humble opinion. Making certain the setting and clothing for a particular period are accurate, always leads me to the next question. What was the language like back then? What were some of their sayin’s? Since I didn’t live in 1800’s, I get a lot of my facts from books that I buy and I also rely on what I heard growing up, taking note of western slang that I heard in the cowboy movies. Of course, they are not always accurate, but some of the sagas that were filmed especially for TNT TV are for the most part accurate down to the last detail of a saddle or the hero’s gun.
Some of the cowboy sayin’s are tongue-in-cheek but get the point across in a just a few words. Considering the cowboy was a man of few words and more often than not meant what he said, you could take what he said to the bank!
I’ll share a few of my favorites while listening to the Wyoming Wind album, by the BARJ Wranglers in Jackson, WY. Wow! Did they ever use cowboy talk! I was privileged to meet all of them this past September while on a research trip for my new series. Here’s a sampling of some quotes that I’ve collected just for fun:
“Some men’s wives are angels. The others are still alive.”
“If you have to prove you’re right, you’re probably wrong.”
“A lot of a man’s religion is in his wife’s name.”
“It’s easier to stand the smell of liquor than listen to it.”
“The bigger the mouth, the better it looks shut.”
“Most folks are just about as happy as they’ve made up their minds to be.”
“There ain’t no way to practice getting’ hung.”
“A man’s eyes tell you what his mouth is a’feared to say.”
“Having a jealous wife mean if you come home with a hair on your coat, you’d better have the horse to match.”
I’ve used at least one quote in each of my last three books. They are not on this list however. Why don’t you share your favorite cowboy sayin’ with our readers for fun?
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