R.I.P. Amarillo Slim: 20 Best Slim-isms and my Obit in Grantland

May 1, 2012

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

  1. You can shear a sheep many a time, but you can skin ’em only once.
  2. If there’s anything worth arguing about, I’ll either bet on it or shut up.
  3. That boy couldn’t track an elephant in four feet of snow.
  4. If it was raining soup, he’d be out in it with a fork.
  5. He’d taken the bait like a country hog after town slop.
  6. That boy is lighter than a June frost.
  7. I never go looking for a sucker. I look for a champion and make a sucker out of him.
  8. I knocked that off like a dead limb.
  9. Warmer than a widow woman’s love.
  10. Very seldom do the lambs slaughter the butcher.
  11. All trappers don’t wear fur caps.
  12. As pretty as a speckled pup under a red wagon.
  13. That ain’t worth nine settings of eggs.
  14. That’s stronger than Nellie’s breath.
  15. He couldn’t swallow boiled okra.
  16. I’m closer to that boy than 19 is to 20.
  17. What he smelled cooking wasn’t on the fire.
  18. I had so many chips that a show dog couldn’t jump over it.
  19. Enough hundred-dollar bills to burn up 40 wet mules.
  20. I’d put a rattlesnake in your pocket and ask you for a match.