Saturday, January 14, 2012

Savvy Sayin’s Two

By Anna Kathryn Lanier

No matter how often I remind myself that my blog date is coming up, it seems I am always writing my blog the night (or day) it’s due.  Sure enough, here it is, 11:30 p.m. on Friday, January 13th and I’m just now writing my blog.  So, it has to be something simple and not requiring a lot of research.  I’ve gone to my shelf of ‘western’ books and found SAVVY SAYIN’S: True Wisdom from The Real West collected by Ken Alstad. (check out my Savvy Sayin’s  here).  The book includes woodcuts by Remington and Russell from the 1800’s.  Sorry that I can include those in this list of sayin’s, which, by the way, don’t come with translations, which some of them need.

·         You can’t measure water with a sieve.
·         Some men can’t live without lonesome.
·         It’s a sure sign of bad luck to bet on the wrong horse.
·         The ignorant hold up trains n’ stages. The intelligent steal ‘em.
·         Teeth and memory weaken with age.
·         Careful is a naked man climbin’ a bobwire fence.
·         Some men never reach a marriageable age.
·         Saddle your horse before sassin’ the boss.
·         Advice is only handy before trouble comes.
·         Cowboys are paid $30 a month to outthink cows.
·         The west is good country for men and dogs, but mighty hard on women and oxen.
·         A full house divided wins no pot.
·         The west is famous for rare and wonderful sights. But the rarest of all is clean socks in a bunkhouse.
·         Love your enemies, but keep your gun oiled.
·         Secrets are better heard than kept.

 Which one is your favorite?  Do you have a sayin’ to share?



16 comments:

  1. Enjoyed your post! Thanks for the Chuckle. :-)

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  2. Anna Kathryn--sometimes the ox is in the ditch. We've all been there--and will be again.However, I just finished mine for the 22nd..all I need to do is put it up. I don't always do this but I looked ahead on the calendar, and while I don't have a lot of work or tasks, I do have some fun things coming up to do with friends, etc. Now, I don't like to miss my fun times, so I got busy this morning and whipped out my post.
    I liked the one about the naked man climbing over a barbed wire fence. I wonder why he was naked outside and needing to climb over a fence. My author brain is making up all kinds of scenarios!Thanks for the entertainment.

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  3. I like the one about keeping the gun oiled and I'm wondering what women and oxen have in common.

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  4. LOL! Loved all of them. It would be too hard to choose just one!! Great post!

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  5. Personally, I enjoyed "Careful is a naked man climbin' a bobwire fence." Sort of makes sense, doesn't it...although I always thought it was barbwire. :) Very interesting, AK.

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  6. Love these. My fave is the keep your gun oiled one. Another one I've heard always makes me laugh...about not squatting with your spurs on lol.

    I just love anything cowboy. Thanks for a fun post.

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  7. I loved all of these and each made sense to me. Can't pick a favorite, though. They are all keepers.

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  8. Humm, several of us like "Love your enemy but keep your gun oiled"--we're such cynics LOL--or is that just cautious?

    Loved the post.

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  9. I like saddle your horse before sassin' the boss. Makes sense. Even today.

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  10. Anna Kathryn,
    These are all good! No way I could pick just one. LOL Thanks so much for sharing these and giving us a laugh.
    Cheryl

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  11. I liked all of them, but the last one about secrets is my favorite. I love to learn how and where these sayings came from and started. Thanks for sharing these. For doing it at the last minute - You did a great job.

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  12. Love all your sayin's. One of my favorites is, Dug in deeper than a Texas tick. Thanks for your fun post!

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  13. These are great! I don't think I could choose a favorite, but did have to chuckle aloud on no man reaching a marriageable age.

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