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How To Talk Like A 20s Gangster

Jeffrey Gusfield | Posted 06.03.2012 | Home
Jeffrey Gusfield

I have always loved 1920s gangster speak! In the 1920's, gangsters like Jack McGurn - Al Capone's main assassin and general of his troops - would begin many sentences with "Say." For example: "Say, what's the beef?" Or, "Say, I wasn't anywhere near the place. See?"