How well do you know Old West slang?

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The Old West, especially as portrayed in classic TV shows like Gunsmoke and Wagon Train, had many colorful characters who used equally colorful language. Charlie Wooster, the ornery cook on Wagon Train played by Frank McGrath, always had some choice words for anyone who insulted his cooking.

On Gunsmoke, Deputy U.S. Marshall Festus Haggen (played by Ken Curtis) often had something interesting to say, even if half the time you couldn't understand what he was actually saying!

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  1. "Buck up"
  2. "Plumb tuckered"
  3. "That's gravy"
  4. "Persnickety"
  5. "Mosey"
  6. "Atwixt"
  7. "Chaw"
  8. "Cahoots"
  9. To "fox" someone
  10. "Dilly-dally"
  11. "Exfluncticate"
  12. "Ballyhoo"
  13. "Make tracks"
  14. "Skeersome"
  15. "Taradiddle"

How well do you know Old West slang?

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108 Comments

RedSamRackham 3 months ago
* 14 of 15 I guessed some BUT missed on Ballyhoo 93% Score
Sachelle 23 months ago
11/15. Not bad considering I've never heard any of these words before.
DanielleDanaPateEastmond 29 months ago
I got them all, and I've never watched any of those shows. (Heck, I done never even heard of no Festus Haggen.) I have Appalachian roots, and I heard a lot of those terms from my pawpaw.
WILD 29 months ago
I improved on my previous try from 3 months ago (as Derek Bird). You got 15 out of 15
Well howdy pardner! You're a regular expert.
DerekBird 33 months ago
You got 14 out of 15
Well howdy pardner! You're a regular expert.

Never heard of Exfluncticate.
Dario 33 months ago
A PERFECT 15!!!!! 👌👌👌👌👌👍👍👍👍👍 😁😁😁😁😁
LynCarceo 33 months ago
14/15; never heard of #11 before
DerekBird LynCarceo 33 months ago
Same here.
LynCarceo 35 months ago
14/15; never heard of some but I guessed well.
MMeans1 LynCarceo 33 months ago
Same here, lol
Angela 43 months ago
15/15. Did they get all these from Festus Hagen? My mother used to say "dilly dally".
Nadya92129 43 months ago
Exfluncticate?
SashaPayneDiaz Nadya92129 35 months ago
Yeah, that one was pretty skeersome and almost foxed me but I didn't dilly-dally and dumb luck guessed the right answer.
LRWilliams 46 months ago
You got 13 out of 15
Well howdy pardner! You're a regular expert.
TexasGreek 46 months ago
You got 15 out of 15
Well howdy pardner! You're a regular expert.
JaneWilcox 48 months ago
I am sure I have heard some of these come out of Festus's mouth!
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