One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
jail, penal institution, place of detention, lock-up, place of confinement, guardhouse, detention centre
British young offender institution
North American penitentiary, correctional facility, jailhouse, boot camp, stockade, house of correction
informal the clink, the slammer, inside, stir, the jug, the big house, the brig, the glasshouse
British informal the nick
North American informal the can, the pen, the cooler, the joint, the pokey, the slam, the skookum house, the calaboose, the hoosegow
British informal, dated the chokey, bird, quod
historical pound, roundhouse
British historical youth custody centre, approved school, borstal, bridewell
Scottish historical tollbooth
North American historical reformatory
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