Old West Cowhands "Rope Talk"
Here is a brief list of some general rope terms used by the Old West Cowhands:
Lariat is an Americanization of la reata, Spanish for the rope
Lasso is the lazo, meaning in Spanish a noose or snare.
Lazo reata is a Spanish term meaning snare rope.
Catch rope, throw rope, saddle rope, grass rope, twine, whale line, hard twist, lass rope, and rope are all used to designate a catch rope.
Reata is from the Spanish reata, meaning rope, but the American cowhands use it to designate a rawhide rope.
Reata men are hands who use a rawhide rope and they sometimes refer to this rope as a lass rope.
Roping terms used by the cowhand are, rope, meaning to throw a rope, roped, meaning to have caught something with the rope, roping the act of catching and looped meaning caught.
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