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Old West Word Meanings
01-15-2018, 09:52 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-15-2018, 10:35 PM by Mindy.)
Old West Word Meanings
I’m reading this book about Old West and Mountain Man terminology, and found El Dorado to be interesting. The book defines it as:

“EL DORADO (el doh-RAH-doh) (1) Wherever in the West the adventurer imagines he will find his fortune...” it struck me because of the word “fortune” and the way F repeats that word a lot. Another meaning of El Dorado is “the gilded man,” which fits my Midas theory.

And Poe wrote a poem called El Dorado, which employs some of the word mechanics that Forrest uses. For example, the word “shadow” is in Poe’s poem appears four times, yet each time it has a different meaning. I think Forrest may have done the same. Like with the word “just” — in one sentence it might mean “barely” or “only,” and in the other it may mean “right.”

Here’s Poe’s poem:

Gaily bedight,
A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
Had journeyed long,
Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.

But he grew old-
This knight so bold-
And o'er his heart a shadow
Fell as he found
No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado.

And, as his strength
Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow-
"Shadow," said he,
"Where can it be-
This land of Eldorado?"

"Over the Mountains
Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,
Ride, boldly ride,"
The shade replied-
"If you seek for Eldorado!"

by Edgar Allan Poe

A FLAT HEAD, among loggers, was a lawyer. Son of a butch stew and district attorney were synonymous.
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01-15-2018, 11:56 PM,
RE: Old West Word Meanings
Good find Mindy... Also the word shadow occurs 5 times.

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01-16-2018, 12:00 AM,
RE: Old West Word Meanings
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01-17-2018, 02:38 AM,
RE: Old West Word Meanings
James Caan, as a character named Mississippi, recited that poem in a movie with John Wayne. I believe the name of the movie was ... El Dorado. Also starring Robert Mitchum.

Great lines from the movie:

Sheriff J. P. Harrah (Robert Mitchum): What the hell are you doin' here?

Cole (John Wayne): I'm lookin' at a tin star with a... drunk pinned on it.

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