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Dictionary of the American West by Winfred…

Dictionary of the American West

by Winfred Blevins

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I have enjoyed reading through this dictionary, but I have found it to have some errors and omissions. For instance, the entry for "Hell's half acre" does not mention that this term was applied to the red-light district of Fort Worth, TX. It also mentions that the term "gun" was not applied to handguns, but only to cannon. There are instances in the literature of the period to disprove this. Overall, the dictionary is a fun read and a good way to introduce oneself to the terminology of the American West, both new and old, but as with anything else, one must do one's own research to verify the accuracy of the information found within it. ( )
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This dictionary is a treasury of the American frontier west of the 100th Meridian, & contains 5,000 terms & expressions essential to an understanding of the real West which is more amazing, outlandish, romantic, extravagant & fascinating than the myth. Among the thousands of carefully researched definitions, the reader will find the meaning of 'buck nun' & to 'ride circle;' as well as American Indian words such as 'sun dance', 'kachina' & 'medicine pipe'. This book is essential for anyone with an interest in the American West, in its history, facts & fables, idioms & mores.

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