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Looking Forward to San Antonio: Playing Cowboys and Idioms, By Lydia Stone

Since our next ATA Conference will be in San Antonio, the heart of cowboy country (witness the boot motif in the conference announcements), I thought I might discuss some of the English idioms and phrases based on cowboy life.  What would a city girl raised in New York, who never rode a horse in her life, know about cowboys?  You might well ask.  It is true that I spent 13 glorious years in Colorado.  However, life in Boulder during the late 60’s and 70’s, while wild enough in its way, was not quite in the wild West mode of the cowboys.  Very well, I will stick to phrases filtered through (or even originated by) popular media (films, TV, songs, etc.).  Surely their cultural influence reached everyone, no matter how Eastern or urban.  Even my quintessentially New York mother, who developed a fear of animals when her father lifted her up to pat a policeman’s horse and who never willingly watched even a highbrow horse opera,  in her 90’s under heavy pain medication in the hospital, told me that she had shot 5 buffalo the previous day. [...] about Looking Forward to San Antonio: Playing Cowboys and Idioms, By Lydia Stone

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