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?


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

  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.

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

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

  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.

  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.

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

  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.

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

  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.

  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.

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

  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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