Posted: 1/3/2003 8:36:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/3/2003 10:57:03 PM EDT by DoubleFeed]
yob culture n, derogatory, intentional oxymoron (cf Definitely Maybe). Everyone knows what yobs are (as with its extension, yobbo). But a precise definition of yob might be harder to come by - in its earliest days it simply meant "boy", an apparent example of back-to-front slang (cf bonk).
USAGE: Yob culture is to be a major target of UK Government policy, ("We need to tighten the law significantly in respect of what I call the yob culture", Tony Blair, November 2000). Incl. measures against drinking in public such as fixed penalties, and most notably a widely leaked proposal to allow local authorities to set up curfews for those under 16, partic. on streets of troubled areas or estates, meaning they should not be out on the streets between 9pm and 6am.
Are we having a philosophical discussion here, or am I being reprimanded?