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abo

[ab-oh] /ˈæb oʊ/ (sometimes initial capital letter) Australian Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
noun, plural abos.
1.
a contemptuous term used to refer to an Australian Aborigine.
adjective
Origin of abo
1905-1910
1905-10; by shortening; see -o
Usage note
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.

ABO

Åbo

[aw-boo] /ˈɔ bu/
noun
1.
Swedish name of Turku.
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  • He met Alexander personally, agreeing with him on plans of mutual action, at abo in 1812.

    Sweden Victor Nilsson
  • In 1569 Eric was removed to abo in Finland, where he was locked up in a secure prison.

    Sweden Victor Nilsson
  • Made by M. Argelander, late director of the Observatory at abo.

  • 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
  • abo, at the head of the delta, is in the very heart of the oil section.

  • The spy from abo had seen me on the railway platform on my departure from Petersburg.

    The Czar's Spy William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for abo

Abo

/ˈæbəʊ/
noun (sometimes not capital) (Austral, old-fashioned, taboo) (pl) Abos
1.
  1. short for Aborigine
  2. (as modifier): an Abo reserve
Usage note
This once quite common word is now completely unacceptable

Åbo

/ˈoːbuː/
noun
1.
the Swedish name for Turku
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