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See also: seppo



From septic tank (rhyming slang for Yank) +‎ -o (diminutive suffix); an Australian-style diminutive of the cockney rhyming slang.



Seppo (plural Seppos)

  1. (Australia, slang) An American.
    • 2010, Emily Maguire, Smoke in the Room, page 17,
      ‘So, Adam, you have the privilege of being my first Seppo.’
      ‘Your first what?’
      Seppo. You′ve gotta learn to speak Aussie, man. You′re a Yank, so –’
      ‘No, not a Yankee. I′m from –’
      ‘The You Ess Ay. Makes you a Yank. Yank rhymes with septic tank. But we like to shorten names and then add an O at the end - but only if we like you. So Yank is kind of neutral. Septic tank is rude. But Seppo, well, it′s affectionate. Get it?’




From seppo (smith, skillful person), an epithet of the smith Ilmarinen in the Kalevala.


  • IPA(key): /ˈsepːo/
  • Hyphenation: Sep‧po

Proper nounEdit


  1. A male given name.
    • 1974 Alpo Ruuth, Kotimaa, Tammi, ISBN 9513030156, page 167:
      —Petri, se on näitä uusia nimiä.
      —Niin on, nykyisin annetaan semmoisia Jareja ja Kareja ja Petrejä.
      ―Kun meidän esikoinen syntyi, niille annettiin nimeksi Seppo ja Pekka ja Tauno.
    • 1999 Juhani Syrjä, Juho 19-33, in Juho (Gummerus 2008), ISBN 9789512077809, page182:
      Tukevalle ja isokouraiselle pojalle annoimme nimeksi Seppo.


Usage notesEdit

  • Popular in the 1940s and the 1950s, often in the combination Seppo Ilmari.