1. Stan: This word found its origin in Eminem’s 2000 song "Stan", which follows the letters of an obsessive fan named Stan, who eventually drives his car into a lake at the song’s climax. From there the word "stan" was born to describe being a die-hard fan of a celeb.
2. Full send: Borrowed from ski lingo, this phrase defines the moment when you head fearlessly into a (controlled) dangerous situation. It’s leaked over into everyday use and essentially refers to not caring about the consequences and going "all out".
3. Wig: This is used when something happens that is so crazy or exciting that your wig flies off. It doesn’t matter whether you actually wear a wig or not – saying "wig!" or "omg wig flew" in response to something scandalous is an appropriate response for all.
4. Tea: If there’s some hot gossip circulating the scene, then you can refer to it as "tea". It’s appropriate in both enquiring about the gossip (what’s the tea?), telling someone about gossip (spilling the tea) and as a single word response to some serious drama (TEA!).
5. Snatched: Where “on fleek” used to rule the roost, "snatched" has quickly swooped in to steal the throne. Referring to looking fashionable or on point, this term is a snappy compliment reserved for only the most stylish of pals.
6. Sus: Derived from the word “suspect”, you can whip this gem out when one of your friends is acting a little shady. Whether you believe they’re hiding something or they’re displaying a character flaw, you can tell them they're being "sus".
7. Woke - This particular term refers to being very aware of current affairs. Those who have a firm understanding of the reality around them or come to terms with the fact that their previous beliefs may have been false can be referred to as "woke". Something or they’re displaying a character flaw, you can tell them they're being "sus".
8. Flex: No, we're not talking about showing off your muscles at the gym – the slang term "flexing" actually describes the act of showing off your valuables or lavish lifestyle in a very non-humble way. For example the act of certain influencers "flexing on Instagram".
9. Left on read: Originating from the read receipts on iMessage that show when the other person has seen your text, getting “left on read” refers to someone reading your text and not replying to it. Perhaps one of the biggest insults of our time.
10. Collecting receipts: his describes the practice of collecting screenshots, photos or videos to prove your point. Akin to a lawyer presenting their evidence in court, you can pull up your “receipts” to dispel any doubt in your case.
11. Bougie: People pretending to (or think they are) high class and but they're really not (or don't realize they aren't.) Example 1: That bitch wit a Louis Vuitton bag and designer glasses complaining about her expired coupons at Target is bougie. Example 2: The hoes who go wine tasting but still live with their parents are bougie.
12. Hip Hop: is a social-political movement created in the late 70's. Hip Hop is a culture to give people who grew up in the ghetto a voice, songs in hip hop are spoken from personal experience. Songs are usually mixed with other genres of music like rock and classical (piano), or with record players and scratchers. Break Dancing and Graffiti is also apart of hip hop
13. Chin Check - To punch another inmate in the jaw to see if he'll fight back.
14. Cowboy: A new correctional officer. Cowboy spelled backwards, is yobwoc, or a “young, obnoxious, bastard we often con.”
15. Dance on the blacktop: To get stabbed.
16. Diesel Therapy: A lengthy bus trip or transfer to a far away facility, or even an incorrect destination, used as punishment or to get rid of troublesome inmates.
17. Ding Wing: A prison’s psychiatric unit.
18. Dipping in the Kool Aid: Attempting to enter a conversation the person has no place in or is not welcome in.
19. Doing the Dutch Or the “Dutch Act,” to commit suicide.
20. Dry Snitching: To inform on another inmate indirectly by talking loudly about their actions or behaving suspiciously in front of correctional officers; supply general information to officers without naming names.
21. Duck: A correctional officer who reveals information about other officers or prison staff to inmates.
22. Fire on the Line: A warning—“correctional officer in the area.”
23. Ghetto Penthouse: The top tier of a cell block.
24. Four piece or four-piece suit: A full set of restraints, composed of handcuffs, leg irons and waist chain, and security boxes to cover the restraints’ key holes.
25. Grandma’s: Or Grandma’s House, a prison gang’s headquarters or meeting place, or the cell of the gang leader.
26. Heat Wave: The attention brought to a group of inmates by the action of one or a few, as in “Joe and John got caught with contraband, and now the whole tier is going through a heat wave.”
27. Hold your mud: To resist informing or snitching even under threat of punishment or violence.
28. I got jigs: To keep look out or watch for officers, as in “I got jigs while you make that shank.”
29. In the car: In on a deal or a plan.
30. Jacket: 1. An inmate’s information file or rap sheet. 2. An inmate’s reputation among other prisoners.
31. Jack Mack: Canned mackerel or other fish available from the prison commissary. Can be used as currency with other inmates or placed in a sock and used as a weapon.
32. Jackrabbit Parole: To escape from a facility.
33. Juice Card: An inmate’s influence with guards or other prisoners. “He should have gone to the hole for that, but he’s got a juice card with one of the guards.”
34. Keister: To hide contraband in one’s rectum. Also known as “taking it to the hoop,” “putting it in the safe”and “packing the rabbit.”
35. Kite: A contraband letter.
36. Monkey Mouth: A prisoner who goes on and on about nothing.
37. Monster: HIV. Also known as “the Ninja.”
38. Ninja Turtles: Guards dressed in full riot gear. Also known as “hats and bats.”
39. No Smoke: To follow staff’s orders without resisting or causing any problems, as in “He let the guards search his cell, no smoke.”
40. On the Bumper: Trying to get “in the car.”
41. On the River: Time spent at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, which is surrounded on three sides by the Mississippi River. As in, “He did 20 years on the river.”
42. Peels: The orange jumpsuit uniforms worn by prisoners in some facilities.
43. Prison Wolf: An inmate who is normally straight on “the outside,” but engages in sexual activity with men while incarcerated.
44. Rabbit: An inmate who has a history of escape attempts or has plans to try to escape.
45. Ride with: To do favors for a fellow convict, often including sexual ones, in exchange for protection, contraband, prison currency, or commissary items.
46. Ride Leg: To be friendly with or suck up to staff in order to get favors. 47. Road Kill: Cigarette butts picked up from roadsides by prison work crew. They’re brought back to the facility and the collected tobacco is rerolled with toilet paper to smoke.
48. Stainless Steel Ride: Death by lethal injection.
49. Three Knee Deep: To stab someone so that they’re injured, but not killed, usually as a warning.
50. Wolf Tickets: To talk tough or challenge others, without any intent to back it up with action or violence, as in “He’s just selling wolf tickets.”
51. CMYK abbrev. Can't Match Your Kolors (Source: Bonnie Siegler, Eight And A Half)
52. Collaboration n. A project combining the inputs of multiple people. Frequently used in place of the traditional “client/consultant” or “employee/employer” title. Collaborator is seen as a more valuable relationship working as peers. (Source: Dana Krieger, Minus-8)
53. Spit (rappers definition) - “spit bars. In reference to rapping in the studio or freestyle rhyming "bars" indicates the words used in the number of lines in a 4 count beat. Rappers "spit" or say these rhymes in 16 counts of 4 beats.
SUNSETTER: did not make it on the dictionary list yet but it should be mentioned that a street gun is often called this phrase and is becoming more and more common in news reporting and rap circles these days as our streets become a battleground. - Reed A.
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