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Shanky or Skanky???

Posted by MichaelFR on April 10, 2004

In Reply to: Shanky or Skanky??? posted by Lotg on April 10, 2004

: : Would anyone have another definition for "a shanky-looking guy" than the one available at ?
: : Thanks

: Hey Michel, do you mean shanky or skanky??? Skanky I could understand but shanky might imply a guy with more assets than I could handle - he he!!!!

: Skanky is being used about the traps around the Western suburbs here more and more as I understand (and believe me I'm an amateur and old person - 46 that is, therefore I'm basing this on teenage hearsay). Used to mean sleazy (if you look it up in the dictionary), but has gained more street cred I think lately and is actually now a compliment. Sort of like 'sick'. As an old person I have to say that 'sick' used to mean 'sick', but now it means fantastic or something even better.

: Challenging stuff for us old people!!!

: But given I'm struggling to keep up, that doesn't mean that shanky isn't a whole new word with a whole new definition and that I'm just not keeping up!!!

Skanky is the good one. Sorry for the misspelling...
It couln't be anything good here, as in the context, it's a probation officer looking at a convict photo and saying:
"Here's another one I had. Real skanky-looking guy, who want's him? He had a dirty urine* twice in a row, so I violated him"
*drug testing
When I listed all the words from this novel that I needed to translate or define, I got carried away, and read shanky instead of skanky, still remembering of shank, a homemade knife in prison slang...
Thanks Goddess! I'm just surprised that you wrote there could be guys with more assets that you could handle. What happened to you???