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Dec 3, 2015
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gramarye
quacksalver
viridity
yobbery
xenophile

yobbery
Illustration: Leah Palmer Preiss

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with Anu Garg

yobbery

PRONUNCIATION:
(YOB-uh-ree)

MEANING:
noun: Rowdy, destructive behavior by the youth.

ETYMOLOGY:
From yob (a rowdy youth), coined by reversing the spelling of the word boy. Earliest documented use: 1974.

USAGE:
“A police crackdown on yobbery during the Bonfire Night period in Stirlingshire proved effective. Police report the number of calls concerning antisocial behaviour between October 30 and November 6 were down by over a third.”
Yobs Getting the Message; Stirling Observer (UK); Nov 13, 2013.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end, but not necessarily in that order. -Jean-Luc Godard, film director (b. 3 Dec 1930)

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