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 Post subject: Italian Mafia Lingo
PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:42 pm 
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These are words that are used by the mafia family:

- Administration: The top members of the Family, usually composed of the boss, underboss, and consigliere.

- Associate: At first you will work for the Family as an associate. Only if you prove yourself will you be sworn in as a full member.

- Babbo: A mafia term for an underling who is considered to be useless – you don't want to be one of these or your days may be numbered.

- Big earner: Mafia lingo for someone who makes a lot of money for the family.

- Boss: The head of the Family (the Don). The Mafia boss has the ultimate say in all important decisions.

- Broken: When a member is demoted in rank.

- Buttlegging: Bootlegging untaxed cigarettes.

- Button: A Mafia ‘soldier’.

- Capo: A Captain in the family.

- Capo di tutti capi: The Mafia boss of the strongest Family - highest of all mafia ranks.

- Cleaning: Covering your tracks to ensure that you’re not being followed.

- Clip: This means to eliminate someone.

- Clock: To keep a person under surveillance.

- Comare: A common term for a woman that they may be dating outside of marriage - a Mafia mistress

- Compare: Croney, close pal. Literally "Godfather" in Italian.

- Consigliere: The counsellor to the boss.

- Contract: Murder assignment.

- Cosa Nostra: Italian for "this thing is ours".

- Crew: A body of soldiers assigned to a capo.

- Cugine: A young ambitious gangster who wants to climb the ranks of power.

- Double-decker coffin: A coffin, which has a secret lower compartment used to dispose of a victim.

- Earner: One who generates income for a Mafia family.

- Enforcer: A member of the Family entrusted to ensuring fulfilment of deals by threats and if necessary killing.

- Fanabala: Italian-American dialect, morphed over the years from, "Va Fa Napoli" which literally mean, "go to Naples" but in the vernacular "go to hell".

- Fanook: Derived from "finocchio", a derogatory term for homosexual.

- Friend of mine: How a third party is introduced whom is not a member of the family but can be vouched for.

- Friend of ours: Introduction of one made member to another.

- Gabagool: Gabagool is slang for capicola, a thinly sliced Italian luncheon meat, taken from the shoulder (collo) and neck (capo - head) of a pig.

- Ice: This is yet another request for you to kill someone.

- Juice: The interest paid on a loan.

- Large: A grand, one thousand. "He owes me fifty large!" means ($50,000.00).

- Madonn': Madonna, common expression meaning holy smoke, holy cow, something said when surprised.

- Make a marriage: To bring two parties together to "do some business"

- Oobatz: Crazy.

- Omertá: The code of silence you have to swear when you join the Family.

- Piece: A firearm or gun.

- Pinched: To be arrested.

- Rat: A member who violates the Omertá.

- Shylock: A person who lends money at an extortionate rate of interest.

- Skim: Money taken that is not reported to the IRS.

- Skipper: A Captain or Capo.

- Turban: "Give him a turban." Means to crack his head open.

- Vig: Italian Mafia lingo for the interest paid to a loan shark for a loan. Usually 2 points or 2%.

- Whack: To murder someone.

- Young Turk: Mob term for a young defiant Mafia member.

- Zips: A derogatory Mafia term American Mafiosi's use for the Sicilian Mafiosi.


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