(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.)
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?
Sammy had been percolating in my brain for a while, and one day, he just broke loose. I do have fun with him.
Wow, I’ve never read a 100 word story where I needed the translator for most of the words, LOL! That was very cool 🙂
Many thanks for the “cool”! Glad the Gationary is working.
You be stokin’ playin’ sixes and sevens all really downtown storyin’ like a penman.
I would really like this as a Wednesday guest post on my blog. Let me know if interested.
Sammy says, “Aces! And many grats for the backslap!” vb holmes says, “Many, many thanks for the compliment! As you know, I am a frequent visitor to your site: (http://carldagostino.wordpress.com/) and am greatly honored by your invitation.”
Taking your first comment as a compliment and adding a couple of new words and meanings to the Gationary–
I echo Ms. Madison …..
Thanks for visiting, Len, and I enjoyed reading your Christmas stories.
Thank you Mr. Holmes for the visit and the comment, always enjoy your visits:)
A few more weeks and I’ll consider myself bilingual. In the meantime, my wide opens think you’re the end run. Ron
Many thanks, Ron! And we give certificates (with embossed gold seals and flourish-embellished signatures) to Sammy Speak Graduates.
about all the lingo – is this real mob vocabulary or are you making up some of them yourself? interesting.
It’s a combination of both–plus all those words which were said but never actually heard that ended up stored away in the back corners of my brain.
I see Pesce or Pacino starring in the movie. Who’s directing?
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.
Such an original idea. Nice one.
Thanks, Sandra. Having fun….Liked your “Wait for me, Daddy”.
Pesce, definitely Pesce. This is such a hoot. You’ve taken corny to a whole new level, VB.
From the Top Frill
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.
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: http://unexpectedpaths.com/friday-fictioneers/tis-the-season/
You can count on Sammy to be hush-hush about your undercover drop-in–however, he’s head-over-heels about being #1! Many thanks!
I just love reading your posts every week. I’m learning a new lingo and lovin it!
I’m right there with you in the learning the new lingo department–thanks for joining me!
I think soon the glossary is larger than the story. 🙂 love to read you lingo.
The words in the glossary are as much fun to write as the story–thanks for enjoying!
way cool, each time I know one of these terms I feel like I have won a prize. very much enjoying this.
See Ron’s comment above–we’re giving beautiful keepsake certificates to all Sammy Speak Graduates. So hang in–there is a brass ring at the end of the ride!
I grew up reading tough guy detective stories. This is manna from heaven. Plus, Elliot Ness is buried in Cleveland where I am from.