Although often used as a derogatory term, Sambo is now used in some circles and mini-cultures to describe someone playing up to a stereotype or "playin' the fool" to hide intelligent and revolutionary motives from potential threats. The term comes from the 19th century "Sambo" stereotype of black slaves as dumb and oblivious. Slaves often used this as a cover to secretly sabotage plantation tools and as an excuse to work slowly and attempt to slowly chip away at their master's system when open revolution was not an option.
was always playin' the Sambo
in his interviews despite his intelligent rap.
In modern times, most people know this word indirectly from Helen Bannerman's "The Story of Little Black Sambo", not directly from slave references as several have incorrectly mentioned here. It is controversial because some people feel it was racially motivated.
"The Story of Little Black Sambo"
Swedish word for a live-in boyfriend/girlfriend, or for a commonlaw partner.
This is Ingrid, she's my sambo...
"Sambos" was the name of a U.S. chain of breakfast houses, similar to IHOP. Once ubiquitous, only one store remains - the original restaurant in Santa Barbara, California, from which the chain sprang. When the owners discovered a book entitled "Little Black Sambo" written by Hellen Bartrum in 1899, in which an East-Indian child is chased in a circle by a tiger until the tiger turns into butter, they decided it was a perfect match, and Sambos restaurants thereafter featured conspicuously mounted placards telling the story, and ultimately relating the butter to the blobs of whipped butter served on Sambo's pancakes.
Whether the chain closed because of concerns relating to "political correctness" is unknown to this author.
You know that Chinese Buffet up on Lakeway Drive? That used to be a Sambos, years ago.
1. n. a person to whom one is in a serious, committed, cohabiting relationship.
2. adj. describing a couple which is committed and cohabitating but remaining unmarried.
"Sara is more than my girlfriend, she is my sambo."
"I moved in with Sara, so now we are sambo."
An international man of mystery. Where is he from? Nobody knows. How many languages does he speak? Impossible to count them all. He's a modern nomad--you never know when or where you'll cross paths. But one thing is certain, the attraction will be instantaneous. Tall, dark, handsome, and smart as a whip; be mindful of your drooling. And as for matters of the heart, there too he is skilled. A few kind words, a smile, and that gaze, and you'll want to tell him every secret you've ever kept. He's a rare bird, this one. Should you ever experience him firsthand, count yourself one lucky girl!
Me: "I just had the strangest dream...I could've sworn I met a Sambo. But that's impossible. Sambos are urban legend..."
Sambo: "Everything is going to be okay. You've just fainted..."
A form of Martial Arts created by the Russian Military. A cross between Jujitsu and Wrestling.
Viktor trains in Sambo and is now a black belt. Do not piss him off