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Westernisms, those words and phrases or language usage unique to the Old West, have made our language what it is today. Gather around the campfire and enjoy some colorful expressions for your writing, reading and speaking pleasure. Every language changes from year to year — even sometimes day to day — as usage changes. Some of the changes aren’t nearly so colorful and fun as the Westernisms that have had a century or more impact on America’s unique brand of spoken and written English. Click on article links below to our library of offerings in the site’s “Westernisms” category. (I had a lot of fun especially digging out and writing the info about “hell on wheels,” as just one example.) Enjoy!

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