Gabagool is the American-Italian form of the word capocollo, a kind of cold cut Italian and Sardinian ham.
The term is often heard in the television series, The Sopranos.
Many words from all kinds of languages have been adopted into American English; Italian is not different from that, with several modern day English words being traceable back to the Romance language of the Mediterranean.
Words like these are jabroni and the centerpiece of the article, gabagool.
Gabagool had been almost unrecognizably modified from its original form in Italian, and this is accredited to the immigrants, who travelled through the ocean, to the land of opportunities.
Most of these people, fleeing their homeland were of Southern Italian ancestry.
This is notable information, seeing as how the cultures of Italians differ from region to region, especially north from south.
Spread and Usage
The term had spread on one side because of the massive amounts of Italian immigrants arriving to the shores of the United States in the last two centuries.
The other important factor was how it has been adapted in several films and Tv series, like The Sopranos and The Office.
Gabagool was defined on Urban Dictionary already in 2003.
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- Urban Dictionary – Gabagool