Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 241–261 | Cite as

“The words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart”: The mindset of gamblers revealed in their language

  • Leonard R. N. Ashley


The colorful language of gambling and gaming is essential to creating the players' world; in analyzing it we understand that world. This fringe vocabulary or slanguage is examined in connection with standard language, and is analyzed for its origins, its humor, and for the attitudes it expresses and transmits. This language is seen as a neglected indicator ofl'histoire de mentalité, the mindset of gamblers. It is also suggested that other factors—body language, paralanguage, stock expressions composed of standard words (jokes, catch phrases, etc.)-hold clues to the outlook, superstitions, behavior, the rational and irrational beliefs of gamblers.


Irrational Belief Body Language Standard Language Standard Word Catch Phrase 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonard R. N. Ashley
    • 1
  1. 1.Brooklyn CollegeCUNYBrooklyn

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