Quiz: How Well Do You Know Old West Lingo?
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How Well Do You Know Old West Lingo?
By: Isadora Teich
Image: Paramount Pictures

About This Quiz

Think your Old West slang is in apple pie order? The era of the American West was far bigger than many people realize. Lasting roughly from the early 1800s to the admission of the last mainland states into the union in 1912, there was over a century of the wild, wild west as America expanded. This land generally includes almost all land west of the Mississippi River. It was a massive expansion led by hard-working people on the frontier who weren't afraid of living rough. 

The guns, aesthetic, hard living and pioneering spirit have made this era a popular one for historians, artists, filmmakers, and everyday people around the world to explore. There are few images as massively iconic as that of the American cowboy. While often pictured as a lone American man wandering the plains on horseback, cowboys often actually worked in large groups to keep the danger of life out in the wild at bay. They had to cope with unforgiving weather, wolves, Native American tribes and the West's infamous outlaws day in and day out.   

If you know your Old West slang, let her rip and see if you can get daisy results on this quiz! 



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What was joy juice?
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What is a Peacemaker?
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If someone is off their rocker, how do they act?
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A tee-totaller doesn't do what?
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If someone has a hankering for something, how do they feel about it?
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If someone is as ugly as a mud fence they are:
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What does it mean to vamoose?
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Someone who is barkin' at a knot is __________.
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In the Old West, which of these people would have been called a Cattle Kate?
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Every cowboy had an equalizer, which is a __________.
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Cowboys called people who came from ________ greenhorns.
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If a cowboy was in liquor he was:
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Someone described as a queer fish would have been:
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What is a lambasting?
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If someone doesn't have a tail feather left, they are:
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What is an Arkansas toothpick?
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Someone who is painting the town red is:
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A man's rib is his what?
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Guttersnipes were __________ children.
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If someone is a screw, they are a:
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Someone who is on the shoot is:
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To keep something dry is to keep it:
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If a woman gives a man the mitten, what has she done?
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Six-shooter coffee is_________.
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What does it mean to shoot the crow?
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If someone was eating mysteries, what were they eating?
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Someone who is above snakes is:
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A yarn is a what?
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If someone is a saphead, they are ____________.
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If someone is called a longrider, they are a/an:
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What does it mean to funkify someone?
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What does the phrase "man for breakfast" refer to?
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