Updated ‘Glossary’ of Legislative Terms

Mafia Cigar 3Revised Legislative Glossary 

  • administration: the upper-level power structure, composed of the boss, under-boss, and consigliere.
  • associate: someone who works with and for insiders.
  • babbo: A dope, idiot, useless underling.
  • beef: a complaint or disagreement within the organization, usually discussed during a sit-down with higher-ups.
  • big earner: someone who makes a lot of money. A LOT of money.
  • books, the: euphemism for membership, since nothing is ever written down.
  • boss: the head; synonyms: chairman, leader.
  • Boss of Bosses: One proclaims himself the Boss of Bosses is awarded this title to preside over meetings.
  • broken: demoted in rank; “knocked down.”
  • button: soldier.
  • cafone: a phony or embarrassment to himself and others; “gavone” (slang pronunciation)
  • capo: ranking member who heads a crew (or group) of soldiers; a skipper.
  • chased: to be banished from and barred from associating or doing business with any members.
  • cleaning: taking the necessary steps (driving around, stopping in various locations) to avoid being followed.
  • clock: to keep track of someone’s movements and activities
  • come in: To go see the boss when summoned.
  • Commission, The: “ruling body”, typically a panel made up of the Bosses of the Bosses.
  • compare: crony, close pal, buddy.
  • consigliere: the counselor in a crime; advises boss and handles disputes within the ranks.
  • crew: a group of soldiers that takes orders; Synonymous with Members.
  • earner: someone whose expertise is making money.
  • empty suit: someone with nothing to offer who tries to hang around.
  • fence: someone with worldwide outlets to liquidate swag.
  • friend of mine: introduction of a third person who is not a member but who can be vouched for by a member.
  • friend of ours: introduction of one member to another.
  • gift: A bribe.
  • going south: stealing, passing money under the table, going on the lam.
  • hot place: a location suspected of being the target of law enforcement or surveillance.
  • joint, the: prison; synonyms: the can, the pen, go away to college.
  • loanshark: someone who lends money at an exorbitant interest rate; a shylock.
  • made: to be sworn into; synonyms: to be “straightened out,” to get your button.
  • make a marriage: to bring two parties together for legitimate or illegitimate issues.
  • mattresses, hitting the, taking to the: going to war with a rival.
  • nut, the:  for “the bottom line”; also the gross profit figure.
  • Omert�: the code of silence and one of the premier vows taken when being sworn in.
  • off the record: an action taken without the knowledge or approval.
  • on the record: an action sanctioned.
  • pinched: arrested.
  • rat: Someone who violates Omert�; a squealer, canary, snitch, stool pigeon, yellow dog.
  • sit-down: a meeting with the administration to settle disputes.
  • skipper: a capo.
  • stand-up guy: someone who refuses to rat out no matter what the pressure, offer, or threat.
  • swag: stolen goods, also an acronym for “stolen without a gun.”
  • vig: the interest payment on a loan from a loan-shark (short for “vigorish”). Synonym: juice.
  • vouch for: to personally guarantee the reputation of someone.
  • walk talk, take a walk: to conduct a sensitive discussion while striding up and down the block to avoid being overheard on those pesky eavesdropping devices.

The glossary is intended only as examples of usage in popular media, based on satire; and it does not imply value judgment of any sort. 


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