This holiday season, when you’re spending precious family time enjoying heart-warming classics like Goodfellas, The Godfather, A Bronx Tale, Donnie Brasco, Casino, or the original Scarface, you can refer to this post if you hear a mafia-speak word you’re not quite sure of. FUGGETTABOUTIT!
Administration: the upper-level power structure of an organized crime Family, composed of the boss, underboss, and consigliere.
Associate: an almost-there; someone who works with and for wiseguys, but who hasn’t been sworn in as a member of the Family.
Babbo: A dope, idiot, useless underling.
Beef: a complaint or disagreement within the organization, usually discussed during a sit-down with higher-ups in the Family.
Big earner: someone who makes a lot of money for the Family. A lot of money.
Boss of Bosses; Capo di tutti capi: While no one proclaims himself the Boss of Bosses anymore, the press awards this title to whomever they feel is the boss of the strongest of the five Families of New York, who is also said to preside over Commission meetings.
Broken: demoted in rank; “knocked down.”
Burn: to murder; synonyms: break an egg, clip, do a piece of work, hit, ice, pop, put out a contract on, whack.
Button: a “made” member of the Mafia; soldier, wiseguy, goodfella, Man of Honor.
Cafone: a phony or embarrassment to himself and others; “gavone” (slang pronunciation)
Capo: ranking member of a Family who heads a crew (or group) of soldiers; a skipper, short for capodecina.
Chased: to be banished from the Mafia and barred from associating or doing business with any made members. The punishment is merciful in that the offender is spared death.
Clip: to murder; see burn
Clock: to keep track of someone’s movements and activities.
Comare: a Mafia mistress; “goumada” (slang pronunciation).
Come in: To go see the boss when summoned. Usage:
Gravano: “There were complaints he wasn’t coming in.”
Gleeson: “So what did you do?”
Gravano: “We killed him.”
Compare: crony, close pal, buddy. Literally, “godfather” in Italian.
Consigliere: the counselor in a crime Family; advises boss and handles disputes within the ranks.
Contract: a murder assignment.
Cosa Nostra:Italian for “this thing of ours,” “our thing,” a mob family, the Mafia.
Crew: a group of soldiers that takes orders from a capo.
Cugine: a young toughguy looking to be made.
Oh — if you haven’t read Joe Pesci is my third cousin, you gotta F*%#!n’ problem with that?
please do — it keeps the mobsters calm, cool and collected.
So, now that you have a slice of the lingo down, please share your favorite MOB FLICKS in the comments section below. GRAZIE!!
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References: the The Mafia Handbook