Brilliant. Engaging. Controversial. And definitely the greatest raconteur who ever lived. I feel lucky to have known him the last 10 years of his life. Check out my story in Grantland. http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7874833/www.gregdinkin.com
Let’s honor the man with the gift of gab.
20 Best Amarillo Slim-isms: The Language of a Cowboy Road Gambler
- You can shear a sheep many a time, but you can skin ’em only once.
- If there’s anything worth arguing about, I’ll either bet on it or shut up.
- That boy couldn’t track an elephant in four feet of snow.
- If it was raining soup, he’d be out in it with a fork.
- He’d taken the bait like a country hog after town slop.
- That boy is lighter than a June frost.
- I never go looking for a sucker. I look for a champion and make a sucker out of him.
- I knocked that off like a dead limb.
- Warmer than a widow woman’s love.
- Very seldom do the lambs slaughter the butcher.
- All trappers don’t wear fur caps.
- As pretty as a speckled pup under a red wagon.
- That ain’t worth nine settings of eggs.
- That’s stronger than Nellie’s breath.
- He couldn’t swallow boiled okra.
- I’m closer to that boy than 19 is to 20.
- What he smelled cooking wasn’t on the fire.
- I had so many chips that a show dog couldn’t jump over it.
- Enough hundred-dollar bills to burn up 40 wet mules.
- I’d put a rattlesnake in your pocket and ask you for a match.