[ab-oh](sometimes initial capital letter)Australian Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
- a contemptuous term used to refer to an Australian Aborigine.
Origin of abo
1905–10; by shortening; see -o
Since abo is simply a shortened form of aborigine, one could easily think that it is as neutral and inoffensive a term as Aussie usually is for an Australian. However, abo is as highly offensive to Australian Aborigines as nigger is to African Americans in the United States.
- Swedish name of Turku.
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Examples from the Web for abo
I have no real choice in the matter, regardless of what the ABO or ABP or ABMS say.
Back in the 1990s, he ran afoul of the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO), the certifying organization for his specialty.
Abo Mohammed also was looking to enter the country again soon, smuggling various supplies.Syrians Flee to Lebanon as Regime Forces Finish ‘Cleaning’ Operation
March 8, 2012
He met Alexander personally, agreeing with him on plans of mutual action, at Abo in 1812.
In 1569 Eric was removed to Abo in Finland, where he was locked up in a secure prison.
Made by M. Argelander, late director of the Observatory at Abo.Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation
In the evening I arrived at the town of Abo, which is as large as Orebro, and well built.Lachesis Lapponica
Carl von Linn
We have just got back after a lovely afternoon at Abo (the old capital of Finland).Letters of a Diplomat's Wife
Mary King Waddington
- short for Aborigine
- (as modifier)an Abo reserve
This once quite common word is now completely unacceptable
- the Swedish name for Turku
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