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The cowman says it salty

Author: Ramon F Adams
Publisher: 1Tucson : University of Arizona Press, [1971]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The cowboy was neither inarticulate nor verbose; he was the perfect example of action and expression, able to delineate his world by saying it as he saw it, while rapturously enjoying it to the hilt. In this learned and sympathetic account, the cowman and his cohorts are forever enshrined by the incomparable knowledge of Adams.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Adams, Ramon F. (Ramon Frederick), 1889-1976.
Cowman says it salty.
Tucson, University of Arizona Press [1971]
(OCoLC)608586791
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ramon F Adams
ISBN: 0816503117 9780816503117
OCLC Number: 247057
Description: xv, 163 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The cowboy and his lingo --
I acquire a hobby --
When the cowboy talks --
Singin' to 'em --
Slickin' up --
Bendin' an elbow --
Chips that pass in the night --
Ketch my saddle! --
On the prod --
Gunmen and rustlers --
Riding the highlines --
Bucking out in smoke --
Old timers --
Range calico --
Some typical cowboy expressions --
Assorted figures of speech --
More figures of speech --
Roundin' up the strays.
Responsibility: Ramon F. Adams ; Illustrated by Vic Donahue.

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The cowboy was neither inarticulate nor verbose; he was the perfect example of action and expression, able to delineate his world by saying it as he saw it, while rapturously enjoying it to the hilt. In this learned and sympathetic account, the cowman and his cohorts are forever enshrined by the incomparable knowledge of Adams.

There is one thing that about a man that stamps him for what he is--one thing that is harder to change than all the rest. That is his speech, for language is as close to a man as his blood. The picturesque speech of a cowboy grew out of the solitude, the nearness of the stars, the bigness of the country, and the far horizons. Never having the chance to "study the higher branches of information through book learnin'," the cowman forged his own language. Mental images were a part of his life, and it was natural for him to become a painter of word pictures. He has molded language to suit his own needs and is a genius at making a verb out of anything. He employs his words in the manner that best suits him, and arranges them in sequence that best expresses his ideas, untrammeled by tradition. When a tenderfoot hears this range vernacular, he is "surprised as a dog with his first porcupine." The more he listens, the more refreshing it becomes, because, "like a fifth ace in a poker deck," it is so unexpected. The present-day cowman speaks the same lingo as his earlier brother, and he will cling to this language as long as men handle cattle. Living in the tradition of men who ride semi-wild horses to work obstinate, unruly cattle, he will "never become so soft that he will pack a lunch, wear his sleeves rolled up, and say my gracious instead of goddam when he is mad" -- Book jacket.

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