[Ads-l] "Bird, slang for a brick of cocaine"

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Fri Sep 25 17:09:35 UTC 2015

"People who have gotten in trouble with the law often think they can keep
getting away with minor offenses without serious consequences, said Mr.
Brown, whose nickname, Bird, slang for a brick of cocaine, came from his
drug dealing. But what resonated with him, he said, was the NoVA team
saying that harsh penalties will be imposed for even petty slights once
warnings have been given."
"A version of this article appears in print on September 25, 2015, on page
A1 of the New York edition [of the New York Times] with the headline: On
Police Radar for Crimes They Might Commit."  The passage quoted appears on
p. 17.

I don't see this in Green's Dictionary; probably too recent for JL's HDAS
-- it's not there, anyway.

I suppose that cocaine in wholesale quantities is packaged in such a way as
to resemble a brick?


George A. Thompson
The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998..

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