Everyone knows about the concepts of when "yo" is used, in this concept, it is the simple greeting, except with much more swag (something "we" asians got). Although "yo" has been used a lot more frequently by your average gweilo, persons don't know where it has originated from.

The term "yo" actually came from the word: "anneyeonghaseyo". "Anneyeonghaseyo" is korean for hello, in a formal matter. Note the last 2 letters, yo. Neti's got sick of such a long-ass greeting, and moved on to a more shorter greeting: "yo". Because koreans are either so cool (male) or so cute (female), their slang was passed on to the people of today.
Dec. 5, 2011
Yuri: Anneyeonghaseyo!
Me: Yo!
by unhappy panda December 05, 2011

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In the English language, yo has become a common interjection that originated decades ago in the Philadelphia region. It is often interchangeable with the word "hey," as in "Yo, what's up? or, "Yo! Wait for me!" While the word can also stand alone as a greeting, like the word "hey," it also has a wide range of meanings that depend on the tone, context, and situation in which it is used. (see examples)

In more recent times the word has spread into hip-hop or gangsta culture. A parody of such usage forms the basis for a comic exchange between the animated characters played by Robert DeNiro and Martin Scorsese (Shark Tale, 2004), which can be viewed here (http://yoism.org/index.php?id=YoST/).

Members of this later cultural scene may claim its origin as theirs. The word's origin, however, clearly predates these recent uses, as is evidenced by the words of Rocky Balboa (played by Sylvester Stallone)

"Yo, Adrienne, it's me, Rocky..." Rocky Balboa (Rocky, 1976)

"Yo, Adrienne. We did it!" Rocky Balboa (Rocky II, 1979)
If someone is bothering you, "Yo!" becomes the equivalent of saying "Hey! Stop it," or "Knock it off!"

If someone accidentially bumped into you, the expression "Yo!" could be interpreted as "Hey! Watch it," or "What the hell!"

If someone did something that amazed you or shocked you, the word yo is like laughing or just an expression of amazement.
by TommyTom May 15, 2005

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n Word meaning "hello", originated by rap music in the 90s
Yo! Frank, what's up?
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the hood where all the shooting is going dow.
My sister was raped in the y-o.
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1. a greeting
2. a general word that can be put at the end of any sentence for emphasis
1. yo dude, whats up?
2. i NEED to get this paper done, yo!
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a very old way of saying "yes" or "hey" was used by the early U.S. army as well.
general: time for roll call. steven?

steven: yo
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