Twists, Slugs and Roscoes

Twists, Slugs and Roscoes

A Glossary of Hardboiled Slang

Are you trying to “crush out” because you’re “under glass”? Are you trying to get the “bulge” on a couple of “buttons”? Or maybe you just want to “bump gums” with some “mugs.” Well, with the Glossary of Hardboiled Slang, any closet gumshoe can learn to fluently speak the cryptic and colorful lexicon of 1940s detective novels. Try tossing a couple of these off in common conversation and it will make your friends’ ultra-chic, incessantly esoteric referencing of French novelists and forgotten ’70s cartoons seem achingly mainstream. Spectacular vernacular from an oft-ignored literary genre, this site is truly “eggs in the coffee!”

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