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Wtf ambo? Inspo? Sainsbo?

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Bloopbleep Tue 21-Mar-17 10:23:20

I probably am being unreasonable and particularly old/middle aged but wtf is the deal with ending words with bo and po?

I regularly see posts referring to sainsbo (Sainsbury's) and it took me ages to work out wtf they meant. Same with ambo (ambulance) and inspo (inspiration)

I am a very literal person and it takes me ages to decode these bastardisations of words. Do people actually speak like ''tis in real life or is it an online phenomenon? Is this some yummy mummy language (I only see it in places like mn) or am I just not down wit da yoof?

Bloopbleep Tue 21-Mar-17 10:23:47


SaucyJack Tue 21-Mar-17 10:25:20

Is it an Australian thing?

I always read it in an Aussie accent anyway.

CaoNiMartacus Tue 21-Mar-17 10:51:59

It's annoying. Likewise "ers" on the end of words. Honkers for Hong Kong, etc.

FairytalesAreBullshit Tue 21-Mar-17 10:54:37

If I'm entirely honest I feel like I should be casting my pension now as young folk talk in a completely different language, they get as embarrassed as I do when I ask what it means.

I can't recall any particular words from my youth that we solely made up. Maybe I'm wrong.

elQuintoConyo Tue 21-Mar-17 10:55:19

Of your 3, I have only come across Sainsbo's or Sainsbug's. From my dad. And he used to say Honkers...

Lordy - have you all been talking to my dad?

Noctilucent Tue 21-Mar-17 10:56:27

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Bellerophon Tue 21-Mar-17 10:59:04


the worst of this clownish babytalk however is "fanjo", what a ridiculous word.

Notso Tue 21-Mar-17 11:14:55

Most of the people I know who use Sainsbo's and Honkers are my parents and their friends, older than middle aged.

Never heard ambo though.

Bellybootcut Tue 21-Mar-17 11:32:23

Sanpro. Hate that one. No need for it.

tornadedeviande Tue 21-Mar-17 12:51:28

I always assume that people who use this type of word don't know how to spell the full word. I don't know how true that is, though.

TheNaze73 Tue 21-Mar-17 12:56:35

People that say those thinks, tend to be wankos. Does my head in too

AnitaPallenbergsKnees Tue 21-Mar-17 12:59:01

Glasto drives me mad.....

WorraLiberty Tue 21-Mar-17 12:59:04


AnitaPallenbergsKnees Tue 21-Mar-17 13:00:06

Wankos, now that has really made me laugh - brilliant!!!

profbadbride Tue 21-Mar-17 13:36:32

I once stared at a colleague in mute horror as she told me she didn't really fancy sambos.

Turns out she's not an appalling racist, she just doesn't like sandwiches.

How "sandwiches" gets shortened to "sambos" is a mystery to me.

WhatWouldKeanuDo Tue 21-Mar-17 13:45:10

Via sammidge perhaps?

jay55 Tue 21-Mar-17 13:50:08

Surely sarnies is the shortening for sandwiches.

elQuintoConyo Tue 21-Mar-17 13:50:39

I have just this minute come across 'ambo' on the fireman thread! Weird.

I did threaten DH with divorce when he kept saying 'Frisco instead of San Francisco, to the locals, on our honeymoon blush <cringe>

And profbadbride yabu, sandwiches are sangers in our house grin or a hamwich.

WhatWouldKeanuDo Tue 21-Mar-17 13:53:42

We spent the night in Frisco,
At every kind of disco..

profbadbride Tue 21-Mar-17 13:54:51

Sarnies or sangers are definitely safer options!smile

Grilledaubergines Tue 21-Mar-17 13:55:57

When we were in Ireland a sandwich was referred to as a "sambo" by all the locals hmm.

WhatWouldKeanuDo Tue 21-Mar-17 13:56:14

Anyone had a Parmo?

Isitjustmeorisiteveryoneelse Tue 21-Mar-17 13:57:10

Not new though, my Dad used to say Chrimbo years ago. Even as a small child I hated it! Also years ago working in the city, HSBC was know as Honkers and Shankers in the dealing room. Grrrr.

Jackiebrambles Tue 21-Mar-17 13:57:52

Sanpro irrationally makes me want to vomit. I don't know why it annoys me so much!

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