#USSlangs Italian Gangsters Slangs

Greetings, ladies and gentlemen. How are you doing today? Today you got two sessions from our team because that’s just how much we love you all!

So I re-watched The Godfather trilogy last week and was inspired to make a session about it.

Yes, today’s session will be #USSlangs Italian Gangster Slangs! I’ll make you a session you can’t refuse, Fellas!

Back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, groups of criminals which were also immigrants from Sicily gained notoriety in organized crime. #USSlangs

They sought refuge from United States since they were considered as a threat to the Italian then fascist leader, Benito Mussolini. #USSlangs

Only after the downfall of the fascism in 1950s, La Cosa Nostra—Italian-American Mobs—rose to prominence in international illegal trafficking. #USSlangs

Their influence wasn’t limited to drugs, arms trades, and other illegal sectors; even the language was affected. #USSlangs

Of course most of you are already familiar with the idioms such as “sleeping with the fishes” or “hit the mattress”. #USSlangs

Or famous words such as “Don”, “Tommy Gun” etc. Keep in mind that some of the slangs are absorbed to the pop-culture and the crime fighter’s lingo. #USSlang

If you watch a lot of police procedural series like I do, terms such as “rat” for a snitch, “piece” for a gun, etc are somewhat familiar. #USSlangs

Here are some of the slangs you might not familiar with: #USSlangs

  1. Borgata/brugad: the crime ‘family’. #USSlangs
  2. Consigliere: the counselor of the ‘family’. Handles disputes within the ranks. #USSlangs
  3. Omertà: the code of silence to never sell out a member of the ‘family’. #USSlangs
  4. Shylock: a loanshark. #USSlangs
  5. Babbo: a derogatory term for ‘a fool’. #USSlangs
  6. Swag: stolen goods. #USSlangs
  7. Fence: someone with worldwide outlets to liquidate swag. #USSlangs
  8. Vig: short for vigorish, interest payment from a loanshark/shylock. #USSlangs

Do you have more slang to add, fellas? Hit that reply or retweet button! #USSlangs

It’s a wrap, fellas! Thank you for your participations! Don’t forget to visit our website englishtips4u.com! See yaa!

Compiled and written by @bintilvice for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, August 5, 2016.

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