Sammy, the Gat: “This Week’s Lugen”

(Glossary at end. Click for Sammy, the Gat, catch-up.)

I look around. To my left, the carn: pulsatin’ primaries, tinny tunes, swirlin’ stallions, high-flyin’ rumble seats. To my right: Main Street, lit up like a newbie in white. And separatin’ ’em: Belinda B. and her BB gun.
“So how come the rat-a-tat?” I ask.
She one-twos a slick in blue polyester holdin’ a phony made-in-the-’Glades book bag standin’ solo behind me.
Muscle, she says. The feebs know all about my air scare, she tells me, and if she can’t get me to Limeyland for a prelim sit-down, that dude’s gonna. The blaster, she says, is just for show.
“Why so crit I go to Lizziedom?” I ask.
Five notches on my gripper, she tells me. I’m the top bozo, the sharpie, the end run.
I eyeball the frill with the wide opens and think, “yeah, and I’m this week’s lugen”.

THE GATIONARY of Sammy Speak

air scare: n. fear of flying.   blaster: n. gun.   carn: n. carnival.
crit: adj. critical.   end run: n. best man for the job.
eyeball: v. to look at.   feeb: n. FBI.   frill: n. woman.
high-flyin’ rumble seats: n. ferris wheel.   Limeyland: n. England.
Lizziedom: n. England.   lugen: n. carnival slang for really dumb sucker.
made-in-the-’Glades: n. alligator skin.   newbie in white: n. bride.
one-two: v. to look at.   prelim sit-down: n. briefing.
pulsatin’ primaries: n. flashing, bright, colored lights.
rat-a-tat: n. gun.   sharpie: n. sharpshooter.   slick: n. man.
swirlin’ stallions: n. merry-go-round.   tinny tunes: n. calliope music.
top bozo: n. ace shot.   wide opens: n. eyes.

(Photo by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, Friday Fictioneers, November 30, 2012.)

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31 Responses to Sammy, the Gat: “This Week’s Lugen”

  1. Each week I marvel anew that you can do 100 words in Gatspeak! I always feel a bit as though I’m just learning to read again. 🙂 But it’s fun. Where did you ever get the idea for Sammy?

  2. Wow, I’ve never read a 100 word story where I needed the translator for most of the words, LOL! That was very cool 🙂

  3. You be stokin’ playin’ sixes and sevens all really downtown storyin’ like a penman.

  4. I echo Ms. Madison …..

  5. Hi V.B.,
    A few more weeks and I’ll consider myself bilingual. In the meantime, my wide opens think you’re the end run. Ron

  6. rich says:

    about all the lingo – is this real mob vocabulary or are you making up some of them yourself? interesting.

  7. I see Pesce or Pacino starring in the movie. Who’s directing?

    • vbholmes says:

      Belinda’s in the director’s chair and she likes ’em younger and taller than Pesci and Pacino, more like….hmmmm…Clooney? too pretty; Pitt? too scruffy; Damon? too short; Affleck? not tough enough; DiCaprio? too seedy….we’ll have to work on this.

  8. Sandra says:

    Such an original idea. Nice one.

  9. Pesce, definitely Pesce. This is such a hoot. You’ve taken corny to a whole new level, VB.
    From the Top Frill

    • vbholmes says:

      I love corn! Always have–and I’ll put your vote for Joe Pesce in the same column with Lora’s–he’s still short (5’4″) but we can get someone like Reese Witherspoon (5’2″) to play Belinda in a brown wig.

  10. unspywriter says:

    Sammy the Gat’s gettin’ my knickers in a twist–in a totally good way. Love the latest installment. Psst. Don’t tell anyone, but I usually come visit Sammy first. 😉

    Here’s mine:

  11. JackieP says:

    I just love reading your posts every week. I’m learning a new lingo and lovin it!

  12. brudberg says:

    I think soon the glossary is larger than the story. 🙂 love to read you lingo.

  13. billgncs says:

    way cool, each time I know one of these terms I feel like I have won a prize. very much enjoying this.

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