One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A young man (often as a form of address)‘I know you, my bucko, you're a troublemaker’
- ‘Well, I'm not in your neck of the woods, am I, bucko?’
- ‘Okay, bucko, you get some rest and I'll see you later.’
- ‘Do the crossword puzzle yourself for once, bucko.’
- ‘Yeah, why don't you actually go to the party, bucko?’
- ‘Well, the good news, my bucko, is you don't have to anymore.’
- ‘Hey, bucko, you know my name, so use it!’
- ‘But just hold on one outraged, upset second there, bucko!’
- ‘If I have to ask you that, you're in the wrong blog, bucko.’
- ‘The thing you need to know, bucko, is to lie low.’
- ‘Not a good idea. bucko… this place is government property, anyone sneaking around will be in big trouble, probably locked up.’
- ‘If you like portable video games as much as most trend-setting nerds, PortaGame.com is the blog for you, bucko.’
- ‘Choose one liquor and stick to it for the night, bucko.’
- ‘That's for you to decide, bucko, but you might want to cut the man some slack.’
- ‘‘Good luck, bucko,’ Klein called after him as Ryan made his way to the pool house.’
- ‘‘Okay that's enough information there, bucko,’ Torrie yelled from the other side of the wall but not looking, trying to keep what was left of her sanity.’
- ‘You, my bucko, were knocked off the topsail rigging and into the half deck.’
- ‘‘Hey, you're dating the Drum Major, bucko,’ I said, grinning.’
Late 19th century (originally nautical slang): from buck + -o.
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