Nicknames Out Here

Omar: Bird not in the mix today.
Kima: Well if we had more than a street name, maybe we could come up with an address.
Omar: What can I say? Out here, Bird just Bird.

The Wire almost overflows with characters who bear interesting street names. Some, like “Dee” are about brevity and informality. Others, like “Snotboogie” are unfortunate tags that follow the bearer for life. Then, there are the names like “Stinkum” and “Wee-Bey” that convey a certain humor and even poetry.