Friday, August 12, 2011


I kept seeing this word while reading coverage of the riots in the Daily Mail and other British news outlets---what is this "yob"?

I mean we all know that the Brits speak English just like we do--except not so much. So, to the interwebs for info on "yob." I discovered that the word was coined in the 1700s--an era that had a lot of violent moments. The reverse of "boy," it is indicating that the male in question is exactly the opposite of a normal good boy. Thus generally, yobs are male. However, thug and hooligan are easy synonyms and can be applied to both sexes. A variation on the word I saw was "yobbo" which is similar and generally used in Australia. There it also acquires the sense of what we call "white trash" here in the USA.


Bob G. said...

That's really interesting. I know over in the UK, they name a LOT of stuff several times over, but I never heard of this one until today.
Good find.

Stay safe (and yob-free) out there.

The Observer said...

Bob G:
Unfortunately we had a yob breakout last night at the Plaza...

During a visit by the mayor!

The Observer