In his analysis of the Sicilian Mafia, Gambetta provided the following hypothetical scenario to illustrate the Mafia's function in the Sicilian economy. Suppose a grocer wants to buy meat from a butcher without paying sales tax to the government. Because this is a black market deal, neither party can complain to the police if either of them cheats.
The grocer is afraid that the butcher will sell him rotten meat. The butcher is afraid that the grocer will not pay him. If the butcher and the grocer can't get over their mistrust and refuse to trade, they would both miss out on an opportunity for profit.
Their solution is to ask the local mafioso to oversee the transaction, in exchange for a fee proportional to the value of the transaction but below the legal tax. If the butcher cheats the grocer by selling rotten meat, the mafioso will punish the butcher.
If the grocer cheats the butcher by not paying on time and in full, the mafioso will punish the grocer. Punishment might take the form of a violent assault or vandalism against property. The grocer and the butcher both fear the mafioso, so each honors their side of the bargain.
All three parties profit. See also List of criminal enterprises, gangs and syndicates. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about criminal organizations in general commonly referred to as "mafias".
For the original Mafia or the criminal society in Sicily to which the name "Mafia" was first ascribed, see Sicilian Mafia. For the Italian American criminal organization often referred to as simply "the Mafia", see American Mafia. For Italian organized crime in general, which is sometimes referred to broadly as the "Mafia", see Organized crime in Italy.
For other uses, see Mafia disambiguation. For the Czech secret political organisation, see Maffia. Mafia-like groups offer a solution of sorts to the trust problem by playing the role of a government for the underworld and supplying protection to people involved in illegal markets or deals. They may play that role poorly, sometimes veering toward extortion rather than genuine protection, but they do play it. Even the origin of the word 'mafia' remains obscure. A lot of money. When there is an availability when someone dies , the books are "opened.
Boss of Bosses; Capo di tutti capi: While no one proclaims himself the Boss of Bosses anymore, the press awards this title to whomever they feel is the boss of the strongest of the five Families of New York, who is also said to preside over Commission meetings.
The punishment is merciful in that the offender is spared death. Families, such as Chicago. Italian for "this thing of ours," "our thing," a mob family, the Mafia. A word coined by a reader of the John Gotti Tribute Page.
A bribe, sometimes for a juror. Jurors in two previous trials of Gambino family members supposedly received these, resulting in the inability of both juries to reach a guilty verdict. To grant a reprieve from being whacked. About to be whacked. To lay low, go into hiding. Essentially, you pledge your allegiance to the boss and the family for life. To even qualify, your mother has to be Italian.
Madonna, common expression meaning holy smoke, holy cow, holy shit. Getting killed with a shot in the eye, like the character, Moe Green, in The Godfather. One form of "sending a message. As in "Guy's a fuckin' mortadella. Another word for African-Americans. FBI talk for Organized Crime. In other words, don't rat on your friends. Transgression is punishable by death.
As in, "This charge could be tough. It could have predicates. The Witness Protection Program.
Glossary of Mafia-related words. Jump to navigation Jump to search. This is a glossary of words related to the Mafia, primarily the Italian American Mafia and Sicilian Mafia. administration: the top-level "management" of an organized crime Family -- the boss, underboss and.
Mobspeak: The Language of the Mafia. A friend of ours: mob shorthand for introducing one made guy to another made guy. "A friend of mine" is just another jamook on the street. "Wearing it" usually involves an Italian suit, a pinky ring, a hankie in the breast pocket, gold cufflinks, and other ornamentation. Silvio has his own inimitable way.
Where mafia means bravado, omertà means humility. Omertà, a dialectal alteration of the Italian umilta, or humility, first appeared in English around and referred to the mafia’s code of. List of Italian Mafia crime families. Jump to navigation Jump to search. This is a list of independent Italian crime families around the world that are considered to be part of Cosa Nostra (the Mafia). This list does not include all.
Glossary (Mob Terms) “Lucky Luciano” mafia (Mob) Terminology. The Italian-American Mafia has a language of its own, according to Mafia historians and F.B.I. records. Some of this Mafia lingo has entered popular usage, some may be new to you. If you have watched shows like the Sopranos. This text is taken mostly from both The Mafia Handbook by Douglas Le as in dealing. Lucrative but risky for mob insiders because if they're busted, long prison terms might compel them to cut a deal and squeal. "godfather" in Italian. consigliere: the counselor in a crime Family; advises boss and handles disputes within the ranks.