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Thursday, October 03, 2013

hoosgow

\HOOS-gou\ , noun;
1.
Slang. a jail.
Quotes:
“You told Vera that Carl Webster dropped you off here. This policeman who wants to put me in the hoosgow.”
-- Elmore Leonard, Up in Honey's Room, 2007
"...I got on his tail when they sprung him yesterday noon. He went from the hoosgow to a hotel on Kearny Street and got himself a room."
-- Dashiell Hammett, The Dain Curse, 1929
Origin:
Hoosgow is likely a mispronunciation of the Mexican Spanish juzgao meaning "tribunal, court." This ultimately comes from the Latin judicare meaning "to judge."
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