Mavericks

(Ron) Way down in south Texas, more than a hundred years ago, there was a feller practicing law in San Antonio. He got title to a cowherd in payment of a debt somehow, which was a problem cause he knew nothing about raising a cow. So he hired some local fellows to look after this herd, but they were pretty lazy, according to this word. They didn’t keep the herd together, and many want astray, and they failed to brand the calves that were born along that way. It was a losing proposition, as that lawyer could tell, so he gave up on that herd and decided he would sell. He sold the herd on terms they called Range Delivery, which meant the buyer had to catch those cattle running free. So the buyer went out and began to look around, claiming title to every unclaimed or orphan calf that was found. What makes this story part of an interesting trick is that the name of the lawyer was Samuel Maverick. So when the buyer went to gather stock on his business’s behalf, when he found a calf alone, he’d say, “That’s a maverick calf.” The term was used so much that Maverick became a word meaning anyone who is not part of the mainstream of a herd. So that’s the story of how the term Maverick came to be, from the plains of Texas, with Longhorn cattle running free. Happy Trails.

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