The following paragraph is from the story of Billy, Sally, and Joe:

Billy and Sally were inside a dark room.
- Billy yelled "Boo" and scared Sally.
Then, Joe came in.
- Hey, boo, come over and sit here with me.

In the first line, I understand that Billy was trying to scare Sally, but in the second line, what was Joe trying to say?

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That slang term for Boo is often used as a term for a Boyfriend or Girlfriend or even towards a friend in the right setting. Think of it as a pet name similar to how you would use hunny/honey or the currently popular Bae.

John: "Hey Dave!"
Dave: "Hey Boo!"

Whilst typically it is reserved for a more romantic relationship it can be said between friends in a partially mocking/endeering way the same way you may refer to a friend as "hun" or "honey".

Urban Dictionary : Boo

  • Thanks for the reply, so Joy was trying to say "Hey friends, come over and sit here" . Would it make sense If i say : I have many boos in college?
    – Amit Verma
    Dec 14, 2015 at 2:17
  • @CandiedMango Boo Dec 14, 2015 at 2:19
  • @randal'thor Hey Boo! Dec 14, 2015 at 2:21
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    @Starkeen I added an example and a bit of an explanation, typically you wouldn't pluralise the word "boo" as it's originally meant for the singular boyfriend/girlfriend one would have. Dec 14, 2015 at 2:24
  • 1
    It originated as a misspelling of "beau"
    – slebetman
    Dec 14, 2015 at 4:28

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