Thirteen Things about Lorelei James My next contemporary Western erotic romance, RODE HARD, PUT UP WET, releases on Tuesday. Since that title is slang, and refers to riding a horse hard (to exhaustion) and putting it up wet, rather than brushing it off and cooling it down, I thought it appropriate to share some of the more colorful, funny, and just plain weird cowboy phrases I’ve run across in recent years during my research. I suspect few of them are in use today – at least not with any of the cowboys/working ranchers I know – but it’s a fun look back at why some of them are outdated.
1. He’s never been closer to a cow than a milk wagon – meaning the guy in question is not a real cowboy
2. His breath was near strong enough to crack a mirror – referring to a drunk man
3. Always dressed up like a sore wrist – a dandy
4. He never drowned hisself in his own sweat – a lazy man
5. Mexican strawberries – pinto beans
6. Wears calluses on his elbows leanin’ on the bar – a habitual drunkard
7. Singin’ in coyote key – a bad singing cowboy
8. Save part of your breath for breathin’ – someone who talked too much
9. His lip hangs like a blacksmith’s apron – a man who looks sick
10. Eyes that would chill a side of beef – a real tough feller
11. Eyes as soft as blackstrap poured on a tin plate – a compliment for a pretty woman
12. Pulled his picket pin – to kill a man
13. He’s in a sod-pawing, horn-tossin’ mood – a cowboy itching to fight.