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October 10, 2011


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In "The Wire," a secondary character called Little Kevin is arrested on a minor charge, then released; he tells another character he was "picked up on a humble," which seems to be a familiar usage in the milieu of Baltimore drug dealing. New to me.

@rootlesscosmo: I was and am a huge fan of "The Wire," but I'd missed that bit of slang (and probably many others). Thanks!

I did write about other "Wire" argot ("ambo" for "ambulance," "re-up" for "get more drugs to sell," etc.) in a 2007 post: http://nancyfriedman.typepad.com/away_with_words/2007/10/word-on-the-wir.html

You look just like an artist I know. Every time I open your page I wonder what Valerie's picture is doing here.

My experience with humble is mostly from Patrick O'Brian where letters are signed with "Your most humble and obedient servant", and are simply the form one must go through when addressing one's superior officers, or peers.

I also get it from English butlers in the movies where they go through the motions of being docile and obedient, whereas in fact they are as unmovable as pillars of stone.

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