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Sabo

clipping Verb
It means the same thing as sabotage: to deliberately destroy or get in the way of someone or something. However, it has a lighter, less negative connotation.
 
While, “sabo” can be used to refer to something malicious, in common language it generally denotes a prank or joke. I think the clipping emphasizes its light-heartedness. This is another example of verbal slang. I think people choose to use sabo over sabotage whenever they are trying to make a joke. An example of this would be: “I am going to sabo your date.” When someone uses sabo in this context, it signifies the joking nature of the comment. If someone were to say: “I am going to sabotage your date,” it could be taken seriously and upset the person. Sabo is an odd sounding word, and therefore, hard to take seriously.
Etymology : Formed by clipping the word "sabotage"
Source : “You know sabo is short for sabotage.” (New Girl, November 2017 (but the original episode aired in May 2013))
Last modified: 29 November 2017


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