Jackeroo - A
also called buckaroo.
Jack of Diamonds -
Jag - A small load.
Jasper - Slang of this word starting in
1896 meant a guy, or a rustic, simpleton, or naive hick (later changed
To Jaw - To scold, to clamor, to abuse grossly.
Jawing - Talking. "We sat
around the campfire just jawing."
Jerked Meat - Beef and other kinds of
fresh meat dried in the open air without salt.
Jig is Up
- Scheme/game is over, exposed.
Jingled - Drunk
A person who
talks in rhyme or in a catchy repetitious manner, or someone who drinks
Jiminy - By Jiminy! An exclamation.
Jimmying a bull - Shooting a law officer.
Jo-fired - Very,
great, immensely; used for emphasis. He is just too jo-fired lazy to get
any work done around here. Also "all-fired” and "hell-fired."
John B. - A
hat, after hat maker John B. Stetson.
John Barleycorn -
- A Chinaman, also sometime just "John.”
Jollification - A scene of festivity or
merriment. Used only in familiar language.
- The American people. Also known as Brother Jonathan or Uncle Sam.
Sometimes used to refer to a Yankee.
Joy Juice -
Judus Steer - Part
cowboy's job during the drive was to identify the Judas steer. Once at
the end of the trail, the Judas could simply lead the other cattle to
slaughter with no hassle. If a particularly good Judas was found, he was
spared the meat hook and used again.
Jump the Broom -
Derogatory term for an easterner or novice cowhand.
Kansas Sheep Dip - Whiskey
Kedge - Brisk, in good health and spirits. "I am feeling pretty kedge
Keep - Storage for food, subsistence, keeping. "The
milk is in the keep.”