Saturday, August 05, 2006

Diznerty. Woop-wop. Weezy. Shake My Speezy.

Do you know what those words mean? The government's drug-jargon expert in United States v. Decoud, No. 04-50318 (9th Cir. Aug. 2, 2006), evidently heard them for the first time when he was listening to the surveillance tapes in that case. But that did not prevent him, according to the Ninth Circuit, from offering reliable testimony on their meaning, based on his "experience" and the "context." From the Decoud opinion:
For example, the expert gave a lengthy explanation of how he interpreted "diznerty" based on his understanding of a common speaking style in "most black communities" where they "will put an 'e' or 'ez' in words, such as, 'I'm at his housez,' something like that. Just as a certain slang, certain words. And here[,] 'diznerty' is just a slang on dirty."
But where's the ez? And where did that n come from?

After a little research, we can inform any aspiring crimefighters in our readership that sometimes your carefully cultivated ear for street vernacular is all you can go on. No definition of diznerty is offered, for example, at There's nothing at that site on woop-wop either. On the other hand, no fewer than ten definitions are given for weezy. And apparently speezy can be either a noun, referring to a "place to congregate and enjoy life," or an adjective, "describing a pre-ejaculatory prone male." The noun use would presumably be intended in "shake my speezy," given the fifth meaning offered for shake.


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Fed. R. Evid. 702: If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education, may testify thereto in the form of an opinion or otherwise, if (1) the testimony is based upon sufficient facts or data, (2) the testimony is the product of reliable principles and methods, and (3) the witness has applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case.