What does “kack” refer to?


What does “kack” refer to?

Stan Hutchison

Sturgis, South Dakota


Cowboy linguist Ramon Adams said it was slang for a saddle. It’s also spelled kak. The word is often found in popular Western fiction. According to Jules Verne Allen’s 1933 book Cowboy Lore, the coining of the word was possibly due to the saddle’s similarity to a kyack or packsaddle. In fact, some writers have used kack as a term for a packsaddle.

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Marshall Trimble

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