RARA-AVIS: Re: Arkady & Apocalypse

From: Charlie.Williams@pinkroccade.co.uk
Date: 30 Apr 2002

Sally wrote:
>Isn't "yob" old British slang for a criminal? Anyone
>know how that came into English?

"Yob" means an uncouth and rowdy man, rather than a crook. Usually found in herds. Fond of lager and casual violence. It's typically the comfortable and blinkered middle classes who use this term. And it's a pretty lazy one if you ask me.

As for etymology, far as I know YOB = backwards boy.

Apocalypse Now anti-American? That's not how I read it.

Charlie Williams.

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