How well do you know Old West slang?

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The Old West, especially as portrayed in classic TV shows like Gunsmoke and Wagon Train, had many colorful characters who used equally colorful language. Charlie Wooster, the ornery cook on Wagon Train played by Frank McGrath, always had some choice words for anyone who insulted his cooking.

On Gunsmoke, Deputy U.S. Marshall Festus Haggen (played by Ken Curtis) often had something interesting to say, even if half the time you couldn't understand what he was actually saying!

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  1. "Buck up"
  2. "Plumb tuckered"
  3. "That's gravy"
  4. "Persnickety"
  5. "Mosey"
  6. "Atwixt"
  7. "Chaw"
  8. "Cahoots"
  9. To "fox" someone
  10. "Dilly-dally"
  11. "Exfluncticate"
  12. "Ballyhoo"
  13. "Make tracks"
  14. "Skeersome"
  15. "Taradiddle"

How well do you know Old West slang?

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Sachelle 2 months ago
11/15. Not bad considering I've never heard any of these words before.
I got them all, and I've never watched any of those shows. (Heck, I done never even heard of no Festus Haggen.) I have Appalachian roots, and I heard a lot of those terms from my pawpaw.
WILD 8 months ago
I improved on my previous try from 3 months ago (as Derek Bird). You got 15 out of 15
Well howdy pardner! You're a regular expert.
DerekBird 11 months ago
You got 14 out of 15
Well howdy pardner! You're a regular expert.

Never heard of Exfluncticate.
Dario 11 months ago
A PERFECT 15!!!!! 👌👌👌👌👌👍👍👍👍👍 😁😁😁😁😁
LynCarceo 11 months ago
14/15; never heard of #11 before
DerekBird LynCarceo 11 months ago
Same here.
LynCarceo 13 months ago
14/15; never heard of some but I guessed well.
MMeans1 LynCarceo 11 months ago
Same here, lol
Angela 21 months ago
15/15. Did they get all these from Festus Hagen? My mother used to say "dilly dally".
Nadya92129 22 months ago
Exfluncticate?
SashaPayneDiaz Nadya92129 14 months ago
Yeah, that one was pretty skeersome and almost foxed me but I didn't dilly-dally and dumb luck guessed the right answer.
LRWilliams 24 months ago
You got 13 out of 15
Well howdy pardner! You're a regular expert.
TexasGreek 25 months ago
You got 15 out of 15
Well howdy pardner! You're a regular expert.
JaneWilcox 27 months ago
I am sure I have heard some of these come out of Festus's mouth!
DerekBird 27 months ago
You got 15 out of 15
Well howdy pardner! You're a regular expert. Had to guess on 11 and 15 (the only 2 that I've never heard of or seen before), but I managed to guess right.
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