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Yobbo or yob is a slang term for an uncouth or thuggish working-class person. The word derives from a back slang reading of the word "boy" (boy or boyo reversed becomes yob or – slightly modified – yobbo). In Britain today this word is sometimes superseded by the newer term "chav."
It is not unknown for a girl or woman to be described as a "yob" by the British media.
The term is also prevalent in Australian English. Similarly to the manner in which "yobbo" in the UK has been increasingly replaced with the term chav, in Australia the term has been increasingly replaced by the term bogan.
- "In the dock". Lancashire Evening Post. March 18, 2010.
Yob is given curfew order: A woman who damaged a window has been given a six-week curfew.
- Burchfield, R.W. ed. The Oxford English Dictionary. (1987) ISBN 0-19-861211-7