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Criminal Slang: The Vernacular of the Underground Lingo [Hardcover]

Vincent Joseph Monteleone

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Book Description

Feb. 1 2004 1584773006 978-1584773009
Monteleone was a police officer with thirty-two years of service throughout the United States. He compiled this collection of words and phrases used by the "gangster, tramp or hobo" over the course of a career that spanned the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Both instructive and amusing, it contains hundreds of entries relating to criminal matters of the time, such as "Academy" (a jail), "Across the River" (dead), "Grease the Track" (to fall under a moving train), "Looseners" (prunes), "Sprinkle the Flowers" (to distribute bribes), "Suey Bowel" (A Chinese opium den), "Write Short Stories" (to forge checks) and "Zib" (an easy victim). Also includes a table of hobo code symbols. A fascinating addition to any criminal law history library or collection, this book will likely be perused often.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. (Feb. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584773006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584773009
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,944,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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