Word Ways


Iceman, crasher, penny-weigher, sniper, jackroller, screwman, hugger-mugger, thief; take a group of average Americans on a linguistic underworld tour of the South Bronx, and they would throw up their hands in despair at the unintelligible, fast-flying words that snipe from street and even the most tongue-tied will begin to pick up the street jargon as they meet the local in-crowd.