Sunday, March 7, 2004
The characters on The Sopranos live in their own world, with their own language,
full of gangland double-talk that's foreign to the average viewer. Here's a
glossary of some of the most frequently used phrases on the show:
A friend of ours: mob shorthand for introducing one made guy to another made
Agita: anxiety, an upset stomach.
The Books: Indicates membership in the Family. If there is a possibility for
promotion, the books are open. If not, they're closed.
Boss: the head of the Family.
Buon' anima: salutation meaning rest his soul.
Capo: the Family member who leads a crew.
Che bruta: How ugly you are.
Clip: to murder; whack, hit, pop, burn, put a contract out.
Consigllere: a trusted Family adviser, always consulted before decisions.
Crew: a group of soldiers under the capo's command.
CW: FBI shorthand for Co-operating Witness.
Eat alone: to be greedy.
Facia bruta: ugly face; for someone you don't like.
Gabagool: (capo cuoll) something to eat.
Goomah (sometimes pronounced "goomar"): a Mafia mistress, also comare.
Guests of the state/government: going to prison.
In the wind: after you leave the witness protection program you are on your
Jamook: idiot, loser.
Juice: interest paid to a loan shark for a loan; also vig.
Large: a thousand dollars; also a G.
LCN: FBI talk for La Casa Nostra, or translated, "Our Thing"
Made guy: an indoctrinated member of the Family.
Madonn': Madonna; expression meaning holy cow.
Moe Green special: Murder via a shot in the eye, like the character in the
Godfather. A form of "sending a message."
Omertá: the Mafia vow of silence.
Paying tribute: giving the boss a cut of the deal.
Points: percent of incomes cut.
Rat: one who snitches or squeals after arrest.
RICO: Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Passed in 1970 to
aid in clamping down on organized crime.
Shylock business: loan-sharking.
Soldier: bottom-level member of an organized crime Family.
Tax: to take a percentage of someone's earnings.
Underboss: second in command to the boss.
Vig: interest paid to a loan shark for the loan.
Waste management business: euphemism for organized crime.
Wearing it: showing off one's status by dressing the part; usually involves
an Italian suit, pinky ring, hanky in the breast pocket and gold cufflinks.
Wiseguy: a made guy.
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