- Prison slang
Prison slang is an
argotused primarily by criminals and/or detainees in correctional institutions. As might be expected, many of the terms deal with criminal behavior, sex or violence. Prison slang has existed as long as there have been crime and prisons; in Charles Dickens' time it was known as " thieves' cant." Words from prison slang often eventually migrate into common usage, such as "snitch" and "Narc."
Prison slang, like other types of
slangand dialects, varies regionally.
* [http://members.tripod.com/afscmelocal3963/f_y_i_.htm Correctional officers' guide to prison slang]
* [http://dictionary.prisonwall.org/ Russian prison slang]
* [http://www.vinniejones.co.uk/film_meanslang.php British prison slang]
* [http://www.feloniousramblings.com/2008/10/prison-slang-101.html Common American prison slang]
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