Author: Zohra LABED

Keywords: Drug Nicknaming, Algeria, Abuse, Argot, Multilingualism


Illegal drug consumption is a long-run issue with a worldwide
apprehension. Drug abusers identify themselves differently to remain far
from public appearance and escape court institutions. Nicknaming drugs
and their different types and forms constitute one way of drug abusing
concealment and disguisement. Nicknaming involves a variety of
practices that acquire full of positive and/ or negative connotations in
society over time. Social practices carry cultural values that shape the
nickname giver’s perception of the nickname bearer, a fact that can be
reflected in the way the nickname is chosen within various fields.
Nickname givers are alone responsible for allocating the exclusionary or
inclusionary character to the nickname bearer. The present paper seeks
to examine and analyse the various nicknames attributed to diverse types
of such psychotropic substances by the Algerians with special reference
to the west of multilingual and diglossic Algerian speech community.
More particularly, how are drugs nicknamed in western Algeria? Which
language varieties are involved in such nicknaming? Why are illegal
drugs nicknamed at all? The findings at hand assign nicknames to
physicality, mannerism, experience and/ or linguistic adjustments. Drug
nicknaming nomenclature under study makes up importantly drug
consumers’ secret language in the present setting.