"Slanging and Banging"
Do you know the meaning of the above two terms?
Whether they are communicating orally, in writing, or spray painting words or symbols (graffiti) on a wall or building, gangs have created a unique language of their own. Some of the words and symbols have a universal gang use and meaning, while others have an ethnic, cultural, or regional meaning. In addition, a number of other terms and slogans have been given meanings other than the original meaning.
Sgt. Curtis Jackson, (retired) of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, very accurately describes how slang is used in his book, "A Line in the Turf. The following excerpt from his book clearly points out how slang may have different meanings all over the country.
Their street slang may be different. Yes, there will be some of the same terminology used by a lot of different gangs, but again each area will have it's own street slang. Is a shotgun a "gauge", "break down", or "sprayer" or something else? A revolver a "trey-eight" or "double deuce", a bicycle a "dime speed", a vehicle a "hoop" or "bomb". When gang members say they left, did they "book" or "raise"? Remember it's the job of the local law enforcement gang officer to figure out what is applicable for his/her own area."
The information below has been gathered from numerous sources. Although this list is believed to be the most extensive slang list on the Internet, It represents only a small sample of the many symbols, words and slogans used by "gang bangers." Also included are some "rap" terms as well as some of the more familiar street and prison gang names.