Gangster Speak is 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. Did you know:
Ghosting is the practice of transferring a troublesome prisoner to another establishment during the night without warning
A hobbit is a prisoner who complies with or sucks up to the system
To put on armour means to layer oneself with magazines to deflect knife wounds in a prison fight
Hooch is from the Native American hoocheno and means 'illicit liquor'
A Bernie is 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.
* a stash, a hideaway for stolen goods.show more