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‘Grasshopper’ as a term for a neophyte
What is the origin of using the word “grasshopper” as a term for a neophyte or trainee? The most reliable reference I have is Urban Dictionary, who claims that it is from a 1970’s television series called Kung Fu.
I would also be curious to know if this is a term which appears only in American English, or in other countries as well.
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Kung Fu is indeed the source of this expression. Kung Fu made extensive use of flashbacks to the childhood of the protagonist, Caine, as he learned martial arts from his teacher Master Po, who called his young student Grasshopper as a term of affection. It is mostly used humorously, as a lighthearted comparison of the relationship between the speaker and their less experienced listener with that of wise Master Po and his inexperienced student.
The younger generation might be more likely to use the neologism padawan, which was used similarly in the Star Wars prequels as a name used by Jedi masters for their own young students.
Your Kung Fu reference is spot on.
Here’s a quote from Wikipedia concerning the sobriquet Grasshopper.
One of his first instructors was the blind master named Po. Po considered Caine his favorite pupil and behaved more like an elderly grandfather. Caine was given the nickname “Grasshopper” by Master Po. The reference was from an exchange where the still ignorant young Caine asked the old blind master how he could function without seeing. Po asked Caine to close his eyes and describe what he could hear. Caine explained that he could hear the water flowing in a nearby fountain and birds in a nearby cage. Po then asked if Caine could hear his own heartbeat or the grasshopper at his feet (Caine hadn’t noticed the insect until that moment). Incredulous, Caine asked Po, “Old man – how is it that you hear these things?” Po’s reply was, “Young man, how is it that you do not?” From that point on, Po affectionately called Caine “Grasshopper”.
I suppose that calling an apprentice might be found in any country that ran the Kung Fu series.
What Is a Grass in British Slang and How Can You Be a Grass?
In British underworld jargon, a grass is a criminal insider who snitches on his mates. So, if you’ve arrived on this page looking for latest on the marijuana situation in the UK, you’re going to be disappointed.
“Grass” in British underworld jargon has nothing at all to do with smoking weed. And it’s not just a noun; it’s an action verb too. If you watch movies about the London criminal subculture or catch a fair amount of British crime drama on television, you’ve probably come across the word “grass” in various uniquely British uses. Though over time, you may pick up the meaning from the context that surrounds it, the way in which the word grass came to be used in these particular ways is a bit of a puzzle.
Grass as a Noun
A grass is criminal or an insider who informs on his associates. A grass is a rat who ‘sings’ to the authorities. By extension, it’s used by anyone who informs on another over bad or criminal behavior. For example, a teacher trying to discover who is bullying another student might come up against a wall of silence from other teens who don’t want to be seen as being a grass or who don’t want to grass on their friends.The expression “Supergrass” (also the name of a British band of the 1990s) arose during the Irish “troubles” and was used to describe IRA members who were informers.
Today the term Supergrass is still used—usually in newspaper headlines—to describe someone inside major criminal organizations or with information about them.
Grass as a Verb
“To grass” on someone or some group is to be an informer. So if a grass is an informer, to grass, grassing or grassing up someone describes the act of informing. When you grass on someone or something, you are not only filling the role of informer but also of the betrayer. That’s because grassing carries with it the idea that the “grass” is giving information about his close associates (or hers actually, though grass in this sense is rarely used to describe women or girls). If you witness a crime that has nothing to do with anyone you know and then give evidence to the police, you are just a witness, not a grass; you are giving evidence, not grassing.
Grassing is about betraying your peers by acting as an informer. The word opens all sorts of other British and underworld slang windows. To grass is to sing like a canary a bird that is yellow – the color of cowards. To grass is considered an act of cowardice amid underworld circles.
The use of grass and “to grass” in this way arose as street argot in the London criminal subculture and dates back to the early part of the 20th century. There are two popular theories about how this came about. One version suggests that it is derived from the expression snake in the grass. That, in turn, actually dates all the way back to the Roman writer Virgil. A more likely possibility, since the usage first arose among the criminal underclass in London, is that it is rhyming slang for “to shop” or “shopper,” which have similar meanings (to shop someone is to turn them in to the police).
Follow, if you can, the twisted route through rhyming slang that ends up producing this slang use of grass at its end.
- Policemen are often called “coppers” in British slang.
- In London rhyming slang, a policeman or copper becomes a “grasshopper”.
- Someone who turns his pals, or their information over to the police “shops” them to the authorities.
- That makes that person a “grass shopper.”
- Simplify a “grass shopper” and you end up with “grass”.
Maybe that’s where the word comes from and maybe its origins will remain shrouded in mystery.
Pronunciation: ɡrɑːs, rhymes with ass or the British arse
Also Known As: inform/informer, shop/shopper, betray/betrayer
In 2001, the London Evening Standard reported on an “arch criminal” named Michael Michael who it identified as “Britain’s biggest supergrass.”
Here’s an excerpt from the article, by Paul Cheston, that gets to the heart of what a grass and the act of grassing is:
Not only did he inform on some of the most dangerous criminals operating today, he turned in his own mother, brother, wife, mistress and the madam who ran his brothels. And, it was to emerge, he had been “grassing up” his criminal colleagues for years. At his trial he accepted the suggestion he was a “polished liar” and offered the jury this explanation: “Yes, I had to lie, even to my family. It is in the business of informing and dealing . being disloyal comes with the territory. My friends, family and lover are all awaiting trial because of me.”
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31 Old Timey Slang Terms for “Informant”
We’ve used the term “rat” to refer to an informer since approximately 1910. But Eric Partridge’s Dictionary of the Underworld, published first in 1949 with a second edition in 1961, shows that in the Cant language of the underworld—which first appeared in Britain in the 16th century and the United States in the 18th—criminals have many more names for snitches. Here are some of them.
1. Abaddon: This term dates to circa 1810-80 and means “a thief who informs on his fellow rogues.” It comes from the Hebrew abaddon, a destroyer.
2. Bark: Similar to “to squeak” and “to squeal,” bark, as defined by the 1889 glossary Police!, meant “to inform (to the police).” It was obsolete by 1930.
3. Beefer: In the 1899 glossary Tramping with Tramps, Josiah Flynt writes that a beefer is “One who squeals on, or gives away, a tramp or criminal.” By the 1930s, the word—American in origin—had moved from tramps to become slang for police and journalists, according to Partridge.
4. Bleat: Lambs aren’t the only ones who do this. When informants bleat, they give information to the police. Partridge cites November 8, 1836’s The Individual: “Ven I’m corned, I can gammon a gentry cove, Come the fawney-rig, the figging-lay, and never vish to bleat.” The term was obsolete in Britain by 1890, but as of 1920 was a current slang term in the U.S.
5. Blobber: According to Henry Leverage’s “Dictionary of the Underworld” from Flynn’s magazine, this is an American term for an informer from early 1925.
6. Blue: A verb meaning “to blew it; to inform (to the police),” according to the H. Brandon’s 1839 book Poverty, Mendicity and Crime, and J.C. Hotten’s The Slang Dictionary from 1859. It was common slang by 1890, as noted in Farmer & Henley’s Slang and its Analogues.
7. Cabbage Hat: A mostly Pacific Coast term for an informer, circa 1910; a rhyming on rat, according to D.W. Mauer and Sidney J. Baker’s “‘Australian’ Rhyming Argot in the American Underworld,” which appeared in American Speech in October 1944.
8. Crysler: A punny reference (of American origin) to Chrysler cars meaning “a squealer; a traitor; a coward,” according to Leverage’s “Dictionary of the Underworld.”
9. Cocked Hat: Another Pacific Coast rhyme on rat, circa 1910, that means “informer to the police.”
10. Come Copper: A 1905 term for someone who gave information to the police.
11. Come it / Come it as strong as a horse: Come it (or, verbally, coming it) dates back to 1812, and means to be an informer. “Come it strong” meant to do a thing vigorously, and according to Egan’s Grouse in 1823, “They say of a thief, who has turned evidence against his accomplices, that he is coming all he knows, or that he comes it as strong as a horse.“
12. Conk: As a noun, conk dates back to the early 1800s and means “a thief who impeaches his accomplices; a spy; informer, or tell tale.” As a verb, it means to inform to the police, and was often verbally called “conking it.” Conk was obsolete by 1900.
13. Dropper Man: An Australian term, circa 1910, for a habitual informer to the police. “A man that drops information; also, he causes men to ‘drop’ or ‘fall’ (be arrested),” notes Sidney J. Baker in 1945’s The Australian Language.
14. Finger Louse: This American term, dating back to the 1930s, is an elaboration of finger, meaning to take the fingerprints of a person.
15. Fizgig / Fizzgig: This slang term for an informer, circa 1910, may have derived from fizgig, Australian for “fishing spear.” “Often shorted to fiz(z),” Partridge writes. “By contemptuous euphemism; not unrelated to thingamyjig.”
16. Grass: This word—short for grasshopper (circa 1920), rhyming on copper—dates back to the 1930s. “Come grass” is also used to describe someone who informs to the police.
17. Knock-Down: Giving information to police, circa 1910.
18. Lemon: A 1934 American term meaning “one who turns State’s evidence” because he has “turn[ed] sour on his confederates.”
19. Narking Dues: Partridge says this British phrase is “used when someone has been, or is, laying information with the police.” It appeared in 1896’s A Child of the Jago:
Presently, he said: “I bin put away this time . . .” — “Wot?” answered Bill, “narkin’ dues is it?” — Josh nodded. — “‘Oo done it then? ‘Oo narked?”
The term was obsolete by 1940, but the word “nark” lives on.
20. Nose / To Nose / Turn Nose: Nose is a 1789 word for a snitch; to nose or turn nose, both circa 1809, meant to give evidence or inform.
21. On the Erie: A 1933 term, American in origin, for someone who makes a living by informing to the police, i.e., “That mug has always been on the Erie.” (This term can also mean “shut up! Someone is listening.”)
22. Pigeon: An American verb, dating back to 1859, meaning to inform to the police.
23. Puff: A British term for a King’s informer, dating back to 1735; obsolete by 1890.
24. Quatch: An American term, circa 1925, meaning “to betray secrets.” Similar to quack, a verb meaning “to inform to the police,” and quag, “unsafe, not reliable; not to be trusted.”
25. Scream: A noun, circa 1915, for “the giving of information to police, especially by one criminal against another.” Partridge notes that by 1920, it began to mean the same as to squeal. From 1915’s The Melody of Death:
“I don’t want to hear any more about your conscience,” said the [police] officer wearily. “Do you scream or don’t you?”
By 1925, the term had hopped across the pond from England to the United States.
26. Snake in the Grass: An American term for an informer who conceals his informing, circa 1925.
27. Snickle: A confusion of snitch and snilch, this American term meaning “to inform to the police” dates back to 1859; it was obsolete by 1920.
28. Telegram: Australian term, circa 1899, for a spy or informer.
29. Turn Chirp: A British term from 1846 for turning the King’s evidence. Comes from G.W.M. Reynolds’ “The Thieves’ Alphabet,” in The Mysteries of London: “N was for a Nose that turned chirp on his pal.” Partridge wonders, “Does it exist elsewhere?”
30. Viper: An American term, circa 1925. “Contemptuous,” Partridge notes, “‘a snake in the grass.'”
31. Weak Sister: This term dates back to 1924, and doesn’t just mean an informer, but “an untrusted person, or a weakling, in a gang.”
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