Sunday, September 24, 2017

What To Call a Group of Cowboys

It's the end of summer and I feel like celebrating, so let's have a little fun.

For starters, what do you call a group of cowboys? Don't know?  I didn't either until I read an Exaltation of Larks by James Lipton. 
 Most of the terms were codified during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. After reading Lipton's book I must say those Elizabethans and Victorians sure did have a sense of humor.   Who else could have come up with a rash of dermatologists, a prickle of porcupines, or transparency of toupees?
So what do you call a group of cowpokes?  Why a saunter of cowboys, of course!  Here are more western terms.  Some you might already know:

A spread of Texans
A drove of cattle
A coalition of miners
A string of ponies.
A quiver of arrows
A trace of bounty hunters
A stud of poker players
A herd of harlots
A streak of gamblers
An obstinacy of buffaloes
A converting of preachers
A hangout of nudists
(Couldn't resist throwing that one in)

So dear browse of readers,
Some of the familiar terms that have lasted through the years are den of thieves, flight of stairs and comedy of errors. Can you think of any others? I can't wait to see your blizzard of quotes.  

What do you call Christmas in a Cowboy's Arms?


  1. A passell of trouble? I couldn't think of what to pair passell with....and I understand it's a version of the word parcel. (according to the Webster Dictionary on Google, which I used to see what THEY paired it with)

  2. Love this list! Looking forward to reading this book, too! :)

  3. this is such a fun list. this looks like a wonderfully fun book
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