One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural regosAustralian, NZ
1A motor-vehicle registration.‘no rego, one headlamp, baldy tyres’
- ‘‘I'll do all the rego and stuff, pick it up at lunchtime.’’
- ‘Everyone who drives a car pays rego, and now if you happen to be a day late paying your car rego you will get slugged an extra $40 - no matter what.’
- ‘‘Business permits are obtained for a particular vehicle so the rego must match the numbers on the permit,’ she said.’
- ‘No rego or insurance, so if you pay that you can use it.’
- ‘Anything less we should not accept before re-commencing payments demanded by the state, such as regos, business license fees and so forth.’
2mass noun The action of registering, especially for an activity; registration.‘footy rego day’
- ‘In order to process your rego, the forum will send a confirmation email to the address you provided.’
- ‘Comp. details and contact details are all available and on-line rego will be available soon.’
1960s: abbreviation of registration + the colloquial suffix -o.
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