Words I Learned From Bad-Ass Gangsters in Jail Part 3

The third installment of my continuing ‘Words I Learned From Bad-Ass Gangsters In Jail” series: words and phrases I acquired while serving at Fraser Regional Correctional Centre. Click here for Part 1 and Part 2.

Bit: A jail sentence

Duce: Two-year bit

Fin: Five-year bit

Hook: Seven-year bit

Sawbuck: 10-year bit

Doz: 12-year bit

Beef (when heard on the street): or Bert & Ernie: A break and enter

Chonie: A chocolate bar

Hot Chonie: A hot chocolate

Mo: A month

Crack: To talk

Grease: or dork: To cut someone out of a deal

HO: Holding out

Burning me off or gunning me off: To stare

Shaking it rough or hanging off the fence: Not having a good go of it, eager to get out

Kifey or Kife: Bad jail coffee (also means ‘shitty’)

Bozo, boxed, jimmied or cum-drunk: Intoxicated

Bakered: High off weed

Half-snapped or half-cut: Drunk

Cut one or drop a biscuit: To fart

Play duck: Play stupid

I’m a memory: I’m getting out soon

Clown show or goof show: Total fuckhead douce bag

Hammer Hawk: Someone who looks at your penis when you are pissing

Inmate: Prisoner serving less than 2 years (in a jail)

Convict: Serving more than 2 years (in a pen)

Short-timer or Guest: Anyone serving 10 months or less

Shit tickets: Toilet paper

Sandbagged: Holding out from giving you what you want

Stick: A smoke

TM: Tailor made smoke

Keep six: Keep a lookout for the guard

Six-up: A guard is on the way

Chargeable: An offence in jail

Gated: Picked up by the guards as soon as they release you

DO: Dangerous offender

Semi: Semi-secure

Seg: Segregation

PC: Protective custody (for rats, skinners, hounds, and goofs)

Fall down: Someone you can’t rely on

Copper time or good time: Serving your time well and getting out in two thirds

Getting a U: Getting an unsatisfactory mark on your file – you get three Us and you’re back in the maximum, five Us and you start to lose your good time

SHU: Special Handling Unit

38-1: Solitary – doesn’t play well with others

Rubber Neck: Looking into other people’s cells

Cup of coffee or sock change: Here for a short time

Shit show: Chaos

Shank, shiv, or a poker: Improvised jail knife

Check-off: Someone the rest of the prisoners don’t want on the range

Check-in: A person who has been checked-off (removed) by prisoners

Drum: A cell

Tank: Holding cell they put you in when you first get sentenced or when you are moved

Suitcase: Ass, for smuggling (like hoop)

Taking it dry: Hooping something without lubricant

Natural born hooper: Someone who is very good at hiding things in his ass

Stonewalled: No response from the guards when you make a request

Leaf: Rolling paper

Coluck: A cellmate

David Malmo-Levine is a Vancouver marijuana activist incarcerated at the Fraser Regional Correctional Centre in Maple Ridge, BC, for his establishment of the Vancouver Herb School. Please click here and here for more information on David’s case.

David Malmo-Levine