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Also known as wood, woodpile, PW.
Peckerwood, derived from an old racial epithet aimed at whites, has evolved to become a term used to refer to white prisoners, particular white prisoners belonging to the racist prison gang subculture. Often the term is shortened to “wood” and all such prisoners in a particular prison might be referred to as the “woodpile.”
The handsign for “peckerwood” consists of forming the thumb, index finger and middle finger of one hand to form the letter “P,” and the four fingers of the other hand to form the letter “W.”
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