Whiz Mob

Whiz Mob Whiz Mob is David W Maurer s classic study of the world of pickpockets Similar to his best known work The Big Con in Whiz Mob Maurer explains the colorful expressions and vivid words used by pickpoc

  • Title: Whiz Mob
  • Author: David W. Maurer
  • ISBN: 9780808403227
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Paperback
  • Whiz Mob is David W Maurer s classic study of the world of pickpockets Similar to his best known work, The Big Con, in Whiz Mob Maurer explains the colorful expressions and vivid words used by pickpockets and uses them to provide a window into the life and experiences of the professional criminal Although he is quick to point out that he never had any actual experienceWhiz Mob is David W Maurer s classic study of the world of pickpockets Similar to his best known work, The Big Con, in Whiz Mob Maurer explains the colorful expressions and vivid words used by pickpockets and uses them to provide a window into the life and experiences of the professional criminal Although he is quick to point out that he never had any actual experience on the racket, Maurer spent many years interviewing pickpockets and learning about their way of life The result is a fascinating look at the work, lives, morals, and dangers of this element of the criminal subculture Whiz Mob is essential reading for sociologists, linguists, and everyone interested in the mystery and intrigue of the criminal underworld.

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    About "David W. Maurer"

    1. David W. Maurer

      David Warren Maurer was a professor of linguistics at the University of Louisville from 1937 to 1972, and an author of numerous studies of the language of the American underworld.Maurer received a doctorate from the Ohio State University in Comparative Literature in 1935 He spent much of his academic career studying the language of criminals, drug addicts, and other marginal subcultures He died on his farm outside Louisville from a self inflicted gunshot wound The Big Con is Maurer s most popular and perhaps most important book It was originally published in 1940 by Bobbs Merrill The source material for it came from Maurer corresponding, interviewing, and informally chatting with hundreds of underworld denizens during the 1930s Among the interviewed criminals were such figures as Joseph The Yellow Kid Weil, Charles Gondorff and Limehouse Chappie Maurer won the trust of hundreds of grifters, who let him in on their language and their methods The book served as a source for the film The Sting.Maurer wrote three other books, Narcotics and Narcotic Addiction , Whiz Mob A Correlation of the Technical Argot of Pickpockets with Their Behavior Pattern , and Kentucky Moonshine In all these books, Maurer described the language mostly the lexicon of the people living in these subcultures For example, in the last book he focused on the craft of the moonshiners, discussed their infiltration of dry counties and reported their terminology Language of the Underworld is a collection of several of his previous published articles collected by two of his students It includes an introduction that describes the methods he used to collect criminal argot.

    533 thoughts on “Whiz Mob”

    1. FASCINATING, though the language is a bit dated. I'm holding onto my purse VERY tightly from now on (although apparently purse snatchers are held in contempt by professional pickpockets!)




    2. interesting, but dry as the sahara for a good chunk of it. picked up near the end though as an interesting glimpse into pickpocketry



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