In Reply to: Hell, west and crooked posted by DDB on June 25, 2008 at 18:10:
: Where did "Hell, west and crooked" originate? I'm assuming it means to travel everywhere / across the country...
It is a variant of the "west and crooked" phrase
including hell wascommon by 1870's in United States. Found in literature as well as newspapers, likey western slang, severl meanings as both in getting "knocked cockeyed" or as in heading some where in a rather ruined state.
Also very Australian but later, suspect it was one of the cattle ranching words that came to be used in Australia.