Saturday, May 30, 2009

A List of Terms; Or, Things that You Can Do with Language

As some of you know, I love The Wire, Anna Ditkoff's brilliant Murder Ink, and follow crime in Baltimore. Here are some terms that come to us as part of the fallout or a series or recent raids:

•a "birthday boy" is a person who is to be robbed
• a "birthday party" refers to a robbery, assault, or other act of violence to be committed
• if a person is "on the menu" or labeled "food," that person has been designated as someone who is going to be "eaten," meaning seriously beaten or killed

SOURCE: Indictment filed in Baltimore U.S. District Court via the Baltimore Sun

Here is the original news story.

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