G-Man (slang)

G-Man (slang)

G-Man (short for Government Man) is slang for a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent. The word "Government" stands for the United States Federal Government, as opposed to state or local government police agencies.

In FBI mythology, the nickname is held to have originated during the arrest of gangster George "Machine Gun" Kelly by agents of the Division of Investigation (DOI), a forerunner of the FBI, in September 1933. Finding himself unarmed, Kelly supposedly shouted "Don't shoot, G-Men! Don't shoot, G-Men!" [cite web| title = Timeline of FBI History| publisher = Federal Bureau of Investigation| url =http://www.fbi.gov/libref/historic/history/historicdates.htm|accessdate = 2006-11-23] This event is dramatized in the 1959 film, "The FBI Story," where its somewhat implausible quality is in no way diminished.

The term "G-Man" was also used at least as far back as 1916 in Ireland as a reference to the detectives of the Dublin Metropolitan Police force's "G" Division, whose job it was to collect information on the various revolutionaries within the city. [cite journal| last = Dobbie| first = Elliot V. K.| title = Miscellany: Did 'G-Man' Come from Ireland?| journal = American Speech| volume = 32| issue = 4| pages = 306–307 | date = December 1957| url = http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0003-1283%28195712%2932%3A4%3C306%3AD%27CFI%3E2.0.CO%3B2-R|accessdate = 2006-11-22| doi = 10.2307/453982]

ee also

*FBI portrayal in the media
*Gang Busters radio program originally called "G-Men" and developed in part by J. Edgar Hoover.
*Half-Life (video game)
*Junior G-Men


External links

* [http://www.fbi.gov/libref/historic/history/historicdates.htm Timeline of FBI History]

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