Boo and Reboo

Some definitions:


1. A sound uttered to show contempt, scorn, or disapproval. (source:

2. Boo is a term that is derived from the French word “beau” meaning beautiful. In 18th century England it meant an admirer, usually male. It made it’s way into Afro-Caribean language perhaps through the French colonisation of some Caribean islands. [Boo now means] girl or boyfriend. (source:


1. rumble (source:

2. Something that is cool, is reboo. Reboo is a word used mainly by people(s) who eat tacos, nachos and burritos. But you can use it as well. (source:

3. The name of a cafeteria-style Chinese restaurant (source: the streets of Shanghai)



John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. baboo:

    -Linus, to Sally

    Taiwanese rock band!

  2. The logo reminds me of “reboot”, take a rest, come and have some barley…


  3. Bob Mrotek Says: February 2, 2007 at 10:38 am

    I don’t see where “reboo” has anything to do with “people(s) who eat tacos, nachos and burritos”. I believe that the word has its roots in the Spanish, French, and Portuguese words that mean “echo” “thunder” “rebound” and “bounce”. Maybe I would understand the taco nuance if I was really cool, eh?

    Mexico Bob

  4. What type of food do they serve? Chinese? Norther American or a mix bag?

  5. […] And where was this poster hanging? No, not in the Arctic Circle. It was on the wall inside Chinese cafeteria Reboo. […]

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