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"Freely, good sir, we will forgive your attacks upon our national character; but spare our mother tongue!"

-- Thomas Jefferson in Notes on the State of Virginia, which appeared in the European Magazine and London Review in 1787.





Eagle - A gold ten dollar coin.

Ears - To be by the ears, denotes being in a quarrel or fight.

Eatin Irons - Silverware.

E'en A'most - Almost.

Elephant - Short for 'to see the elephant'; to go to town, or to see the world, usually for the first time.

Equalizer - A pistol.

Eucher, euchered - To out-smart someone, to be outwitted or suckered into something.

Eventuate - To issue, come to an end, close, terminate.

Excuse-me-ma'am - A bump in the road.

Exfluncticate - To utterly destroy.

Exodusters in Nicodemus Kansas.

Exodusters in Nicodemus, Kansas.

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Exodusters - The Biblically inspired name taken by black emigrants who departed the post-Civil War South for the promised land of Kansas.

Express - The mails or mail stage.




Fag - In cowboy talk, to get out fast.

Fagged Out - Fatigued, worn out.

Fair to Middlin' - Feeling pretty good.

Fair Shake - A fair trade, a satisfactory bargain or exchange.

Falutin - See High-Falutin

Family Disturbance - Whiskey

FandangoFandango - From the Spanish, a big party with lots of dancing and excitement.

Faro - A card game that took its name from faroon, a derivative of pharaon (pharoah.) The Pharoah was the king of hearts in a regular deck of cards. Players bet on the order in which cards would be drawn from a box.

Fat In The Fire - To have one's plans frustrated. "If I don’t get this job completed, the fat’s going to be in the fire.”

Feeze - To be in a feeze is to be in a state of excitement.

Feller - Fellow. "That big feller over there is the sheriff."

Fetch - Bring, give. "Fetch me that hammer." "He fetched him a punch in the nose."

Fetch Up - Stop suddenly.

Fice - A worthless dog, mongrel. Also referred to as fiste and tyst.

Fid Of Tobacco - A chew, or quid of tobacco.

Fiddle - A horse's head.

Fiddle Faddle - Trifling discourse, nonsense

Fight like Kilkenny Cats - Fight like hell.

Fill a Blanket - Roll a cigarette.

Find One's Self - To provide for one's self through labor and wages.

Fine as cream gravy - Very good, top notch.

Finefied - Made fine, dandified.

Finical - Nice, foppish, pretending to superfluous elegance.

Fire-New - Brand new.

Firewater - Liquor

First-Swathe - First quality.

Fish - A cowboy's rain slicker, from a rain gear manufacturer whose trademark was a fish logo. "We told him it looked like rain, but left his fish in the wagon anyhow."

Fish or Cut Bait - Do it or quit talking about it.

Fit - Often used instead of "fought.”

Fit - A short return after intermission, a turn, a period or interval. "I almost lost my crops after that fit of cold weather.”

Fits And Starts - At short and sudden intervals interruptedly.

Five Beans in the Wheel - Five cartridges in the six chambers of a rvolver. Westerners often left the chamber under the hammer empty for safety reason.

Fix - A condition, predicament, dilemma.

Fix One's Flint - To settle, to do for, to dish.

Fixin' - Intending. "I'm fixin' to get supper started."

Fixings or Fixins' - Cooked food, also called "Doings." Arrangements, embellishments, trimmings, garnishings.The term was also used for the tobacco and paper needed to roll cigarettes.

Fix One’s Flint - To settle a matter.

Flack - Sales talk, advertising, exaggeration.

Flannel Mouth - An overly smooth or fancy talker, especially politicians or salesmen. "I swear that man is a flannel-mouthed liar."

Flap-Jack - A fried cake, pancake, fritter.

Flat - A foolish fellow, a simpleton. Also refers to a flat-bottomed boat.

Flats - Low lands, valley

Flat Out - To collapse, to prove a failure.

Flea-Trap - Cowboy's bedroll.

Flinders - Shreds, splinters, broken pieces

Fling - A sneer or contemptuous remark

Flitter - A corruption of the word fritter, a pancake.

Flummux - Perplex, embarrass, put to a stand.

Flunk Out - To retire through fear, to back out.

Flusteration - Heat, hurry, confusion

Fob Off - To delude by a trick.

Fogy - A stupid fellow, as, "He is an old fogy.”

Folded Up - A horse bucking.

Cowboy riding a horse

This cowboy is "forking" a horse.

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Fore-Handed - To be in good circumstances, to be comfortably off.

Fork a Hoss - To ride a horse.

Fornent - Opposite to.

Forted In - Entrenched in a fort.

Forty Rod - Liquor.

Four-flusher - A cheat, swindler, liar.

Fox Boots - To fox boots is to repair them by adding new soles or leather.

Free-Soilers - People opposed to the extension of slavery. The name came from the Free-Soil Party, which existed from 1848 to 1854.

French Leave - To depart without taking leave, to run away.

French Pox - Syphilis.

Freshet - A flood or overflowing of a river due to heavy rains or melted snow.

Frolic - A celebration, party or a wild time. Also sometimes used to instead of "fight.”

Frump - To mock, to insult.

Fuddled - Tipsy, drunk.

Fudge - An expression of contempt, usually bestowed on absurd or talking idlers.

Fuffy - Light, puffy, soft.

Full as a Tick - Very drunk.

Full Chisel or Full Drive - At full speed, executed with everything you've got.

Full-Rigged - A saddle that is completely leather-covered.

Full Split - With the greatest violence and impetuosity

Funkify - To frighten, to alarm.

Fuss - Disturbance. "They had a little fuss at the saloon."

Fussed Dark - Twilight



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