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The Warring States: Rhyming Slang and Codes of the Big Stone Gap by Anthony St. George

FBI Report, Central States Administration, Chicago, Year 6

Summary: Little is known about the Big Stone Gap rebels, but from June of this year until November, our undercover linguist and cryptograph agents (#3076Gab & ABTrenton45, respectively) have deciphered the following codes, spoken and digital. Forthcoming details pending further penetration:

Sample digital communication:

Suspect Alpha: Joanne’s gone fortitude.

Suspect Beta: Naah, ‘sa play. She’s a charmer. Gone done lifted some shineys. Gestated fra the Lord Above.

Sample Transcript of Meeting Discussion (recorded by ABTrenton45):

Boomer 1 (Leader, aka “Larynx Effendi,” Suspect #378): Come t’gether!

Silas (Suspect #18): Seek leaders’ report!

Abu Paco (suspect #Karma3): Our teasers trapped ele-shineys fra Columbus Way, lost some to Nashville boomers. Ask her.

Sister Juanita (non-suspect; captive): Y’all somethin’ fierce, but you mineaswell give up. The Feds are gonna get you fast!

Abu Paco: Cut it, gal. Our AKs are say’n otherwise… our charmers too. We got some funding through foxes of our own.

Silas: Shut it, Paco. She gets back to them, you gone done make them crazy, and they’ll find our farmers.


AKs=Any kind of fully automatic weapon.

Boomers=redheads, foxes (spies), red squirrels.

Charmers=Gang members who infiltrate (“gestate”) legal and financial networks personally.

Down Nashville Way=West or Central States’ Capitulationists; also too: Columbus=North or Central States’ Capitulationists.

Ele=charitable, possibly from eleemosynary, referring primarily to donations from churches, synagogues, and mosques.


Fortitude=Rude, as in “He’s got some fortitude!” (Negative connotation).


Gone done make me crazy=I’ve got it all figured out. In contrast with, “Just damn basic=Too complex to figure out now.”


Teasers=Grandmothers in the network who store supplies and rations in underground cellars.

The Lord Above=Financial databases held by banks and the federal government.

Way over yonder=The Federal Government and its armed forces.

Seek=Peak, as in, “Hide ‘n Seek=Ride the Peak=take the mountain top.”



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Anthony St. George lives with his husband in San Francisco and is currently working on a speculative fiction novel, “Ann History,” and short stories for the accompanying short story collection, “The Warring States.” He has never met a hike or a bird he hasn’t liked. He tweets @asgriobhadh

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