abo

[ab-oh](sometimes initial capital letter)Australian Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
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noun, plural ab·os.

a contemptuous term used to refer to an Australian Aborigine.

adjective


Origin of abo

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]

noun

Swedish name of Turku.
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Examples from the Web for abo

Contemporary Examples of abo

Historical Examples of abo

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for abo

Abo

noun plural Abos (sometimes not capital) Australian old-fashioned, taboo

  1. short for Aborigine
  2. (as modifier)an Abo reserve

usage

This once quite common word is now completely unacceptable

Åbo

noun

the Swedish name for Turku
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