How to talk like a Wentworth Prison inmate

As Australian hit show Prisoner: Cell Block H gets an update on Channel 5, we brush up on our slammer slang...

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How to talk like a Wentworth Prison inmate
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Wentworth Prison slams onto our screens tonight and while there's a Bea, a Meg, a Vera and plenty more to nod to Prisoner: Cell Block H fans (a prison, cells, bars...), it’s a grittier, darker and far more violent version of the beloved Aussie show.

But at the heart of it, it's a drama following a bunch of misfit women who are experiencing life on the inside. 

In preparation, we thought it was high time we brushed up on our prison slang. Notepads at the ready... 


Rat: a person who is alleged to have informed on another. They are usually put in the protection unit


Give up: to inform or have ‘told on’ someone


Screw: correction officer


L-plates: means you’re serving a life sentence


Crim: a convicted criminal


All day: a life sentence, as in ‘I’m doin’ all day’


Back door parole: to die in prison


Spin: a search (usually of a cell)


Cell Warrior: a prisoner who’s only tough when they’re behind bars


Chin check: when you hit another inmate on the jaw to see if they’ll fight back


Dry snitching: informing on another inmate by talking loudly about them or acting strangely around officers rather than naming names


Duck: when an officer gives away information about other officers to the inmates


Hold your mud: to resist giving up information that could incriminate another inmate


In the car: to be in on a deal or plan


Jam (Jam roll): rhyming slang for parole


Skins: cigarette papers


Peter: a cell


Salmon: tabacco


Diesel: prison tea


Shipped out: when a criminal moves from one prison to another


Rabbit: a criminal who has tried to escape or often has a plan to escape


Swing: when cell mates communicate from cell to cell


Little fellers: cigarette butts


Stretch: meaning sentence


Tear up: to beat up 


Rack Off: Leave me alone


Wentworth Prison starts tonight, 10:00pm, Channel 5