What is the difference between a ‘thug’ and a ‘gangster’?
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// Mar 4, 2010 at 9:23 am
I think one of the main differences is that a ‘gangster’ is part of some sort of organization.
// Mar 4, 2010 at 9:30 am
Thugs wear wool caps and are out by the waterfront guarding the abandoned warehouse. Gangsters pay off the D.A. and when they get married they have a tiger at the wedding.
// Mar 4, 2010 at 9:41 am
I think Phil nailed it, man.
// Mar 4, 2010 at 10:02 am
Gangsters get to have meetings in Italian restaurants, while the thugs have to wait outside for instructions on whose knees to break.
// Mar 4, 2010 at 10:03 am
Thugs collect and earn money for the the Gangsters.
Gangster: Federal Reserve
// Mar 4, 2010 at 11:13 am
Thug= Stallone in Rocky I
Gangster = Stallone in Oscar
// Mar 4, 2010 at 11:36 am
Thugs are like http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=101818028
I’m not sure what gangsters are like.
// Mar 4, 2010 at 11:37 am
Its all about the Benjamins Baby
Gangsters have it thugs dont.
// Mar 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm
I really can’t beat Phil’s definition.
// Mar 4, 2010 at 4:05 pm
Gangster is a criminal who is a member of a crime organization, aka made man of the mafioso. A thug is just a criminal with no relation to organized crime.
To elaborate on Phil’s definition:
A thug is a kid from the hood who has no choice but to stick up a liquor store to pay for his baby’s diapers, gets caught by the police and thrown in city jail for grand larceny. A gangster “convinces” the liquor store to pay him weekly, using the money to produce a hollywood movie, gets caught by the IRS and gets throw in federal penitentiary for tax evasion.
// Mar 4, 2010 at 5:00 pm
wow Phil owned this one.
// Mar 5, 2010 at 11:21 am
Phil wins but I think a gangster is the more organized and polished version of a thug. The real question would have to be what is the difference between a thug and a goon.
// Mar 5, 2010 at 2:42 pm
Ooo…good call April.
Maybe the difference is a goon can’t even really speak, he just grunts, whereas a thug, although shifty, can speak full sentences with a couple of “ya see’s” sprinkled throughout.
Basically a goon is a thug that’s been hit in the face a few to many times and now serves solely and a warm body to throw and block blows.
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