More than a century ago, the oil and natural gas industry was completely new to the gritty workers who helped produce the first U.S. wells. The tools, equipment and tasks were also new and hence, had no names. So where one didn’t exist, they coined their own colorful term. And though they may sound strange, they still serve the important purpose of keeping communication clear and workers safe.

Put on your hard hat and your thinking cap and see how many commonly heard oil and natural gas handles you can nail in our quiz.


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