Jack Death (jack_death) wrote in linguaphiles,
Jack Death

 I have a frivolous etymological question for the masses:

Where did the slang word "boo" come from?  As in the Ghost Town DJs version of the word, not the spooky spectre call.  

Girl 1: "Let's go out to Club Deluxe Saturday night"
Girl 2: "Why?"
Girl 1: "I want you to meet my boo"
Girl 2: "Word"

The only theory we (my friends and I) have come up with is that it's a bastardization of the word "beau", though I'm  not convinced.  I know that colloquialisms are often difficult to pin down exactly, so in the absence of a real, verifiable background I'd still be interested in knowing your educated guesses.

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