Examples of seppo
Examples of seppo
Where does seppo come from?
The term seppo is Australian slang used to make fun of Americans. It’s said to come from rhyming slang, with Yank rhyming with septic tank. Septic tank was ultimately shortened to seppo, with the O-ending common in Australian slang (cf. avo for avocado). Seppo is attested to by at least 1967.
LOL, email diatribe from "offended" seppo, Deriding Aus.
See, I'm not ALLOWED to mock yanks coz "my" dirt patch isn't perfect
— Blunty (@BluntNate) September 2, 2015
And what do Americans have to do with septic tanks? Well, as mentioned above, Yank rhymes with septic tank, so there’s that. But also, this slang term implies some Australians’ view of Americans: that, like septic tanks, they’re full of shit.
More Rich Australian Vocabulary
American = Seppo = septic tank = full of shit.
— Michael A. Sherlock (@sherlockmichael) September 18, 2016
The United States was dubbed Seppo-land as early as 1996.
Just got kicked out of a facebook group for calling an American seppo in response to him calling me a limey
— Q̡̙u͚̮̲e̗̯̼̻e͜n ͉̭̱̗̫͓͠S̭͔̺̰͖͇̀m̫͉ò̫͈̮̟̗͉͙o̗ș̺͉h (@sheepdean) February 5, 2019
Less crappily, Seppo is the name of a Zen Buddhist Master mentioned in several koans.
— Potomac Zen Sangha (@PotomacZen) September 14, 2012
Another famous Seppo is the nickname for the character Ilmarinen in the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. This Seppo means “smith” and is often used as a name in Finnish and other Scandinavian languages.
Who uses seppo?
Seppo is most often used by Australians and New Zealanders. It’s mostly used to contemptuously refer to Americans, those bloody seppos.
So, apparently we're getting a US military base in Darwin, or something? No offense to our dear American cousins, but fuck off seppo cunts.
— Patrick Alexander (@zpxlng) November 11, 2011
It can be a serious or humorous insult. It’s often a little bit of both.
So not once in my entire thesis so far have I used the word "American" as synonymous with "person from the United States of America" and I've got to tell you it's been a struggle.
Tempted to use "seppo" as a substitute.
— Hipstorian ✒️📖 (@hpstorian) January 2, 2018
Hate to be a dag, but I'm dinky-di when I say my sheila and I gave a burl of a Roo snag and it was a rip snorter!
— Jackson Rathbone (@JacksonRathbone) July 29, 2012
As noted, Seppo is also a male given name in Finland and the the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. Apparently, it was most popular in the 1940–50s, but it is still somewhat used today, including by a popular Finnish dog.
”Seppo, koiraheimoneuvosto on jälleen haukkunut ja näin ollen sinulle on myönnetty nukkumiskoskemattomuus sekä ikuinen juustoamuletti.”
— Seppo (@seppokoira) February 10, 2019