Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Arkady & Apocalypse

Date: 30 Apr 2002

Sally Jane Driscoll <> writes:

>"yob tvoi mat' (using the informal rather than the
>formal 'your')"
>That was the plural---all yo' mamas. Thanks, Victoria.
>Isn't "yob" old British slang for a criminal? Anyone
>know how that came into English?

I don't know that I'm afraid, but yob is still a current usage in the UK. "Yob Culture", being a favourite coinage. A yob is derograty and usually refers to a youngster engaged in pointless acts of violence, brawling and destruction. Similar to Hooligan (large unruly Irish family originally I believe) and, lout. You are as likely to see Soccer rioters referred to as Yobs, as Hooligans.

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