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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Mob Speak...Test your knowledge

Seeing as how this blog is called Mob Speak, I decided to find out how it was ranked on various search engines. In the process, I came across a couple of interesting Internet sits on the same topic.

Here's the link to one: It's called Mobspeak: The Language of the Mafia. It describes the history of certain phrases and gives colorful examples of actual mob talk.

Another site:, is a mob lingo dictionary. Learned some new ones like "typewriter party - a murder carried out with a number of machine guns." And "Hot plate - a crude name for the electric chair." Boy I sure don't want some Shovel Man hanging around me before I'm ready...

And one more:, a mobspeak glossary similar to the last site but with additional words, especially from the traditional Mafia. The author comments that he "lifted" most of the material from the book The Mafia Handbook by Douglas Le Vien, Jr. and Juliet Papa, Penguin Books 1993.

Knock yourself out, Gumba.


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