So it's important to incorporate appropriate dialogue in our Old West stories. The hero's twang, his slang and jargon should shout, COWBOY!. Collected slang words, lingo and phrases of the Old West including definitions and use. - B. Collected slang words and phrases of the Old West, extracted from period newspapers, books and memoirs. Plus detailed info on horses. Black - To look black at one is to look at one nds lady anger or deep resentment. Airin' the Paunch - Vomit, throw-up, regurgitate. Brigham Young Cocktail - Strong whiskey. Airish - A little cool. And I mean to cut tricks to play poker like a regular derby texas. Buffalo Soldiers - Black soldiers of the U. Cross-Patch - An ill-tempered person. For those of you who want a better idea of life in the Wild West, Old West slang terms definitely help get you in that mindset of cowboys, cattle wranglin', and casually overlooked prostitution. Bodega - Spanish term for a cheap saloon. Banco or Bunko Steerer or Roper - A sharper, confidence-trick man. See my comment to Calissa above. Bill Show - A Wild West show. Continental - The money issued by Congress during the Revolutionary War. I confess dialect will have me zapping a book off my Kindle as fast as anything, but a sprinkling of phrases such as you've listed adds realism and flavor. He is just too all-fired lazy to get any work done around here. Bad Medicine - Bad news. Bottom-Lands - In the Western States, this name was given to the rich flat land on the banks of rivers. Running iron — an o-ring of metal usually a saddle ring that could be heated in a fire and, with tongs, used to draw any kind of brand on an animal.