TV ad: "... a real dude ranch"

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Tue May 27 23:10:37 UTC 2014

Today, I found a line claiming "cowboy" should be used only as a verb among (whatever cowboys are supposed to be called).

Bryce Andrews (
His co-workers there teach him how to worm a horse and ride through the cattle to “settle” them, and never to use the word “cowboy,” except as a verb.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

On May 24, 2014, at 4:47 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

> On Sat, May 24, 2014 at 4:38 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at>wrote:
>> I thought a dude ranch was a place where cowboys did cowboy things.
> Sigh! Well, those of us to whose eye the phrase, "Ken Maynard and Tarzan,
> The Wonder Horse!", brings a tear of nostalgia for childhood past recall
> the "dude ranch" as a vacation resort set up to resemble a "working ranch"
> for the entertainment of "dudes" - i.e. swells, lames, squares - from the
> effete east wanting all of the fun, but none of the work, of the cowboy
> life on the western plains.
> In other words, cowboys did do cowboy things on a dude ranch, but only to
> put on a show as entertainment for vacationing dudes. Cf. the
> "professionals" working at ski resorts, for instance.

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