Bottoms — a channel occupied or formerly occupied by a river. This was the richest land in the county, due to periodic floods. Browning humpback — Browning Auto 5 shotgun. It featured a distinctive high rear end that gave it the name. Chopping cotton — an operation that involves the manual thinning of the small cotton plants, as well as the removal of any weeds that had sprouted along with the cotton. Dally — to dawdle, comes from cowboy term to wrap a rope around a saddle horn to slow or stop a cow or calf.