G S C
gscole at ARK.SHIP.EDU
Mon May 17 17:33:57 UTC 1999
Don't know if the following is on the right track or not. Please excuse
if it is a waste of bandwidth, and you already have the info at hand.
In A THESAURUS OF SLANG, Compiled and Arranged by Howard N. Rose (NY:
Macmillan, 1934) are at least two entries that refer to jaboney:
p.31, under the category of Detective Slang, Prison: "Greenhorn (n): a
p.32, under same category: "New Arrival at Prison (n): a fish; jaboney;
Don't see a direct relationship, but on p35, there is: "Skin Injection
of Drugs (n): a jaboff."
Certain difficulties in using this reference, since a reader has to know
the non-slang term/phrase, in order to determine the slang equivalent.
Also, the material is categorized by group, such as: Aviation; College;
According to the 'acknowledgment' section, much of the detective slang
is drawn from material by D. W. Maurer in AMERICAN SPEECH, December 1931
George S. Cole gscole at ark.ship.edu
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