CRUDE AWAKENING – 6. Oil Field Lingo 1

If I said to you, ” Send out a pebble puppy and a thief to the rig and drill a rat hole,”  would you know what the heck I was talking about?

Early drilling spawned a language all its own.  I thought that I’d toss out a few beginning terms and definitions before we journey into the drilling process. This way you’ll have an understanding of what I’m talking about.

1.Rig – Includes the engine, pumps, draw works used in drilling, particularly in rotary drilling.

2.Rock Hound – A geologist.

3.Pebble puppy – a fresh from college geologist.

4.Roustabout: Laborer on an oil lease.

5.Roughneck – Laborer on a rotary rig.

6.Platform – the base on which an off shore rig is erected.

7.Pulled – removing casing or pipe from a well

8.Punching Holes: to drill for oil, as in, “He’s out punching holes in the ground.”

9.Rat Hole: A slant hole into which the grief stem is lowered while adding drill pipe to the drill string.

10. Scientist – Anyone – whether a roustabout or an engineer with college training.

*The “thief” will be defined in the next segment.


About bettybyrd

Betty Byrd is an editor, author, and actress. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in creative writing, and furthered her literary career through graduate studies at Ohio State University. She was an editor for The Spectator, Ohio’s largest weekly newspaper, and has free – lanced for a national men’s magazine. Betty has appeared in film and television, as well as numerous commercials and mini-series. She is a voting member of the American Federation of Television Artists and also of the Screen Actors Guild. In 2002-2003 Betty was accepted into the Who’s Who of America and in 2007-2008, the Who’s Who of American Women. Her previous literary works include a novel, Trinity’s Daughter, for which she was honored as a local author by the San Diego Public Library. She is also a recipient of a first place fiction writing award for her new novel, Utopia, Texas at the prestigious Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference. Betty has had successful book-signings across the country to large crowds at local Barnes and Nobles and other bookstores. She has been featured in newspapers, and appeared on NBC – TV, and radio talk shows. Betty currently lives in Southern California with her husband and family.
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1 Response to CRUDE AWAKENING – 6. Oil Field Lingo 1

  1. Debbie Giese says:

    Hi Betty,

    I love getting some background “lingo”.

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