21 September 2004


What the heck is a yob?


R said...

A yob is the British word for "drunken street lout", basically. Like,if you saw a bunch of sozzled people fighting in the street, they would be yobs.

Pleader said...

'Yob' in Australia is short for 'Yobbo', a drunken boor. The archetype is summed up by the Paul Hogan characture, wearing thongs, carrying eski, can of beer in hand, full of sexist language, sunscreen and floppy hat. One still sees them around, especially at cricket games.

Yobs rarely become violent, they are too drunk to do so effectively. When they do, they are called "louts".