Gangs have their own 'language' of slang terms.
|Air||ignore something, not worth talking about|
|Allow it||stop it|
|Bait||easy to get caught|
|Burner||cheap phone, pay as you go|
|Hen||Hennessy – alcoholic drink|
|Merk||murder or kill|
|Nitty||derogatory name for female|
|Ps||money – paper money or notes|
|Pagan||person who moves between gangs, or has no affiliation|
|Shank||stabbed, a knife|
|Sket||derogatory name for female|
|Slipping||being in the wrong area, not being prepared for something|
If you hear a word that you don't understand, you should make a note of it and either Google it or look it up on www.urbandictionary.com. It may seem like another language but it's important you know what they're saying.
What might look plain or inexpensive could actually cost a lot of money. You may question how a young person could afford these items worth hundreds, or even thousands, of pounds.
Several symbols are common in gang tattoos. These include:
- rosary beads with a cross on the hand
- a heart with £ or $ on the hand
- family, loyalty, respect wording
- postcodes, letters, numbers
- 'Money over Bitches' – MOB
- wads, rolls of cash, dollars, paper money
- 'Soldier', 'Souljah'
- Nicknames and street names
- RIP tattoos