Word of the Day – 16 Nov 2011 – Yob BKA Bay Bay Kid ;)


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with Anu Garg

yob

 

PRONUNCIATION:
(yob) 
MEANING:
noun: A rude, rowdy youth.
ETYMOLOGY:
Coined by reversing the spelling of the word boy. Earliest documented use: 1859.
NOTES:
There are not a lot of words in the English language that are coined from the backward spelling of another word. Another example is mho, the unit of electrical conductance, coined by reversing ohm, the unit of resistance. Fiction writers sometimes come up with names for their characters by spelling another name or wordbackwards.
USAGE:
“Like a yob who starts a fight in a pub by saying you have spilled his pint, the Russians offered pretexts that both parties knew were ludicrous.”
A.D. Miller; A First-Hand Account of Life in Modern Russia; The Guardian (London, UK); Oct 21, 2011.

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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. -Oprah Winfrey, talk show host and philanthropist (b. 1954) 

 

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