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PostSubject: Terms To Know   Thu May 29, 2014 12:27 am

These are various mafia slang:

Made man: A man who has been initiated into a mafia family

Making bones: An initiation ritual that involves murdering someone, often an enemy of the family

Cosa Nostra: This means "this thing of ours." It's how a mafia family often refers to themselves.

Omerta: The vow of silence that is taken when a man is made. Women often are implicitly held to the vow of Omerta as well. Essentially, no matter what happens, you never talk and you are expected to take the secrets of the family to the grave. Breaking the vow of Omerta is a death sentence.

Underboss: The man directly underneath the boss in the chain of command.

Associate: one who works with mobsters, but hasn't been asked to take the vow of Omert·; an almost confirmed, or made guy.

Shylock: Loan-sharking.

Shakedown: Typically a scare tactic used with local merchants of mafia-influenced neighborhoods to get said merchants to cooperate. Can be used to describe blackmail and extortion in general.

Empty suits: Wanna-be made men. Guys who just hang around the real made men, but aren't actually involved.

Make a marriage: Bringing two made men together for business; sitting down to do business.

Capos: Short for caporegime. They are in charge of a group of men (soldiers), but ultimately answer to the Underboss and Boss.

Goomahs: Girlfriends and mistresses of made men. Depending on the sources, it's sometimes used as a term of endearment, but the connotation is generally negative.

Lupara Bianca: Lupara refers to a sawed off shot gun. Lupara bianca deals with Mafia slaying in which the remains are meant to never be found.

9's: Guns

Young Turk: Young and inexperienced made man.

Stand-up guy (girl): Essentially, don't be a rat. A stand-up guy will do whatever he needs to do to keep the details of the mafia life underwrap and do whatever is needed of them. This applies to the women as well.

Going for a ride: to disappear; if you go for a ride, you don't come back.

Go to the mattresses: War between rival families. During this time, the made men and their families move to one location for their protection (safety in numbers). Because sleeping situations are limited with everyone in such close quarters, mattresses would be thrown on the floors for people to sleep on. To "go to the mattresses" or to "hit the mattresses" implies war because it is assumed that everyone will be staying in a "safe house" for the duration of the "war".

Going on the lam: To lay low for awhile, typically to avoid arrest.

Forbidden Fruit: These are girls who are typically of Italian descent and either have male family members in the mafia or grow up in a mafia "neighborhood".  They're good Italian girls that the men typically pursue as wives or serious girlfriends.  These women are usually not goomah material.

The Books: a phrase indicating membership in the Family. If there is a possibility for promotion, then the books are open. If not, the books are closed.

Cugine: a foot soldier striving to be made.
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