A Hardboiled Slang Glossary for Something More Than Night

Introduction & Table of Contents
People
Drinking / Drugs / Drug Use
Weapons / Violence
Greetings / Goodbyes / Get Losts / Generic Addresses
Police Work / Jail / Crime
Money / Valuables / Estimations of Value
Body Parts / Bodies / Health
Sex / Sexuality
Generic Actions & Activities
Miscellany
References

BODY PARTS / BODIES / HEALTH

paw: hand/mitt/etc.

"But don't lay your smooth white paw on me again -- if you want my story." (THW, p222)

He clamped it in his paw and scowled down at it. (TLL, p7)

"I'm no bitch in heat," she said through tight teeth. "Take your paws off me." (PB, p31)

pan: face, frequently as in poker-face

"Got an alibi for last night, poker pan?" (TBS, p92)

puss: face; mouth

"Maybe they got a line on Regan, and Mars has been sitting back with a smile on his puss, waiting for the chance." (TBS, p166)

kisser: mouth

"You didn't ever get socked in the kisser, did you?" the gaunt man asked me briefly. (TBS, p185)

"How would you care for a smack in the kisser?" (TMB, p33)

He stuck a pill in his kisser and lit it with a Ronson. (PB, p38)

floaters: corpses in the water; people dead by drowning

"They worked out the system back in New York where they're all the time pulling in floaters." (TLL, p102)

can: head(?)

"I'm in the smooth-angles of the detecting business and I make money without getting my can knocked off." (TMB, p3-4)

mitts: hands

"But you're all washed up now, you and your big smile. Hoist the mitts while I get your iron. Up, mister." (TMB, p155)

"Don't nobody try to fancy pants," he said cozily. "Freeze the mitts on the bar." (FML, p14)

"You come first," Reno ordered, "with your mitts on the top of your head." (RH, p197)

lug: ear

"Pull in that lug. It's getting in our drinks." (TTM, p120)

wen: boil; wart; something on the skin

"He has a little scar on his left hand where he had a wen removed." (TLS, p13)

thinker: brain (mind)

"What's on the thinker, pal? Park the body. Cigarette?" (TLS, p109)

muff: toupee

"What I talked to Hicks down at Bay City he wasn't wearing his muff." (TLS, p174-5)

floaters: corpses in the water; people dead by drowning

"They worked out the system back in New York where they're all the time pulling in floaters." (TLL, p102)

corns: (corns)

He leaned forward a little and thought. I could see him thinking. It hurt his corns. (FML, p160)

button: nose (?) mouth(?)

"I thought you were going to say something else," he said. "And if you said it, I was going to smack you on the button." (FML, p192)

pipestems: legs

[Is this genuine noir slang or a parody of the style?]

noodle: head

A bullet kissed a hole in the door-frame close to my noodle. (RH, p65)

clam: mouth

"I'll give you fifty bucks now and a split of whatever I get from McGraw if you'll keep your clam shut till I can put it over and grab a rattler." (RH, p176)

dead pan: a lack of response; no feedback; a poker face (a poker pan)

I gave Keyes' crack a dead pan. I didn't even know what he was talking about. (DI, p9)

I tried some comical stuff, but all I got was a dead pan, so that gag was out. (PRT, p3)

conk: head; skull; back of the head

That rap on the conk cost him $322, believe it or not. (PRT, p35)

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