Gangster Speak: A Dictionary of Criminal and Sexual Slang
- Publish Date: 2006-01-05
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: James Morton
An Aladdin's cave of criminal slang as spoken in the UK, America and Australia. If you're scratching or set tripping, if you're viper mad or coming heavy, if the ming are on the wing and you've no idea what any of this means, then you need Gangster Speak. From the shocking to the ridiculous, Gangster Speak contains over 2,500 linguistic gems: Ghosting - the practice of transferring a troublesome prisoner to another establishment during the night without warning, Hobbit - a prisoner who complies with or sucks up to the system, Put on armour - layer oneself with magazines to deflect knife wounds in a prison fight, Hooch - 'illicit liquor', A Bernie - a victim who might be armed and prepared to use a weapon, after Bernard Goetz who killed a robber on the subway. Providing a useful guide to the nicknames of criminals, as well as fascinating word histories and multiple definitions for different uses of a word around the globe, with Gangster Speak you'll never be lost for words.