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    What does "gunge" mean?

    Hello Everybody!

    I'm watching a movie, called Money, which is based on Martin Amis's book.
    There is a scene where I don't really understand what is the meaning of the sentence: "Gunge. Fifty-sixes. Automatics."
    Can anybody help me with that?

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    Driver: Only need about a hundred guys. A hundred guys like me. Take out all the n*****s and PRs in this fu..in' town.
    SELF: A hundred guys? That's not many guys is it.
    DRIVER: We could do it. With the right gunge, we could do it.
    SELF: What's gunge?
    DRIVER: Gunge, gunge, yeah. Fifty-sixes. Automatics. Well they think, you know, because you drive a yellow cab you must be some kind of as..ole.

    Thank you for your answers in advance!
    Last edited by Tdol; 16-Dec-2012 at 18:34. Reason: I know it's a quote, but I have changed one other word that could cause offence

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    Re: What does "gunge" mean?

    I can't find any definition, slang or otherwise, which would explain that exchange. I can only assume that maybe the driver was saying "guns" but with some kind of speech impediment which made the word sound like "gunge".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: What does "gunge" mean?

    Thank you for your answer.
    To be honest, I had the same thought, I just wasn't sure.
    And is the "Fifty-sixes" supposed to mean the caliber of the gun?

    Thank you again!

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    Re: What does "gunge" mean?

    56-calibre does appear to be some kind of gun!
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    Re: What does "gunge" mean?

    In the book, John Self has tinnitus, so he may not have heard it clearly.

    Some of his books promise a lot and fail to deliver. This one delivered IMO- a great work.

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    Re: What does "gunge" mean?

    Thank you for your answer.
    Since then I found the book on the Internet, and the driver really says "gunge", but it still can be just a misunderstanding between John Self and the driver.

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    Re: What does "gunge" mean?

    He does, but it comes directly after a reference to his tinnitus.

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    Re: What does "gunge" mean?

    I've heard of authors giving their characters special dialects and accents before, but never of one capturing a hearing impairment like this.

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