Books: In the Old West

WESTERN WORDS — Ramon F. Adams —Universify of Oklahoma Press ($3).

When an oldtime cowboy wanted to tell how drunk he had been, he said he was so drunk he couldn't hit the ground with his hat in three throws. The cowboy liked his coffee strong. If a horseshoe would sink in it, he said, it wasn't ready. He called all coffee Arbuckle, after the brand commonly used on the range.

Western Words is a dictionary of 3,000 expressions, many still current, "of the range, cowcamp and trail." It begins with ace in the hole,...

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