Caboodle - The whole thing. Also called "kit and caboodle."
Caboose - A ship's cooking-range or kitchen.
Cady - Hat
Cahoots - Partnership,
company or band. "Those to are in cahoots together."
Calaboose - Jail.
Calamity Jane - Obviously the hard-cussing, heavy-drinking frontier woman, but is also a gambling term for the Queen of Spades.
Calash - A covering for the head, usually
worn by ladies to protect their head-dresses when going to evening parties, the
Calf Slobbers - Meringue on the top of pie.
Calibogus - Rum and spruce-beer.
Calico - A paint horse.
Calico Queen - Prostitute.
California Collar - A hangman's noose.
California Prayer Book - Gambling term for a deck of cards.
- A woman separated from her husband, but not divorced. (From when pioneer men went West, leaving their wives to follow later.)
Callin' - Courting.
Calk - Sharp points of iron on horse or ox
shoes to prevent their slipping on ice.
Came Apart - A horse bucking.
Candle-light - Dusk. The dance will start at early candle-light.
Canister - Gun
Canned Cow - Canned milk.
Cannon - A revolver
America singing, the varied
-- Walt Whitman, 1860
if we could understand what these California men
saying back in 1894? Photo by B.W. Kilburn.
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