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Prison Slang from Oz

This advertisement is for a DVD release of the Oz TV series about prisoners at the fictional Oswald Maximum Security Correctional Facility. Of course, it's a joke. Prisoners don't actually wear name tags labeling their unfortunate role in the cell block. The top reads, "In Oz, everyone has a role. What would yours be?" The options given tell you how unpleasant it would be to live there: victim, slave, mule (a person who smuggles things into the prison), prag (a man who plays the sexual role of "girlfriend" in the prison) snitch (someone who tells secrets about other inmates to the guards), corpse (dead body), patsy (a fool who is taken advantage of by others) and addict.

Advertising for Oz DVD from HBO in Vibe Magazine, July 2005



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