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    Hello. Would you please explain what 'yobbo' means in the context below?
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    From Le Road Trip by Vivian Swift------------------
    Sometimes it feels as if everybody has already been everywhere.
    Average Americans take family vacations in Bali.
    English yobbos flock to Sri Lanka for their holidays.
    The Chinese Communists take shopping trips to Paris,
    teenagers sail solo around the world, and twelve-year olds are racing each other to be the youngest person to summit Mount Everest.

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    Re: English yobbos

    Yob is "boy" spelled backwards. A yobbo is an English young man, often with a fondness for drinking and brawling.
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    Re: English yobbos

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    A yobbo is an English young man, often with a fondness for drinking and brawling.
    'Yobbo' is a chiefly British slang word, but such people can be of any nationality.

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    Re: English yobbos

    I can say with complete certainty that the average American family does not vacation in Bali. Do many English "yabbos" really go to Sri Lanka? If this is the way the book starts, I wouldn't trust much that follows.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: English yobbos

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I can say with complete certainty that the average American family does not vacation in Bali. Do many English "yobbos" really go to Sri Lanka? If this is the way the book starts, I wouldn't trust much that follows.
    No, they don't. The usual destinations for groups of young, heavy-drinking British lads are Dublin, southern Spain, Amsterdam, Prague, Budapest and Bratislava (since cheap flights became available).
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    Re: English yobbos

    I think the book is very tongue-in-cheek.
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    Re: English yobbos

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I can say with complete certainty that the average American family does not vacation in Bali. Do many English "yabbos" really go to Sri Lanka? If this is the way the book starts, I wouldn't trust much that follows.
    I think the book is meant to be tongue-in-cheek. I'm sure Swift knows there aren't a lot of English yobbos in Sri Lanka.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: English yobbos

    It's young Australian yobbos who take their holidays in Bali, though less so since the bombings last decade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frindle2 View Post
    Hello. Would you please explain what 'yobbo' means in the context below?
    Hooligans- troublemakers fuelled on alcohol.

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    Re: English yobbos

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I can say with complete certainty that the average American family does not vacation in Bali. Do many English "yabbos" really go to Sri Lanka? If this is the way the book starts, I wouldn't trust much that follows.
    I think it's just meant to indicate that you can no longer travel anywhere without it being full of tourists. British yobs don't necessarily go to Sri Lanka in large numbers, but they do get around.

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