f.o.b

United States
December 28, 2009 1:06am CST
What is the real meaning of F.O.B. And don't tell me "fresh off the boat" That's just a phrase. Yes I know it stands for that. But that what does it really MEAN? Is it another word for Asians? Their clothes? Their look? What? What defines a person as a F.O.B? Does wearing/owning something made in China make you a F.O.B? Just a cool little though, if wearing/owning something made in China makes you a F.O.B then everyone is technically a F.O.B because everyone has things made in China. Haha Just a little funny thought I just thought of right now. =] But on a serious note, my question is what defines a person as a F.O.B?
4 responses
@dianmelydia (2272)
• Indonesia
28 Dec 09
I think it is First on Board. But for making sure, of course you can easily searching about the definition by googling it. With an additional key "defini:" you absolutely can easily finding the mean of something. Some countries, or perhaps some culture perhaps might have different abbreviation for that words, but of course there's an international trading abbreviation which also used in all countries. Have a nice day and happy mylotting.
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• United States
29 Dec 09
Yea I know. I searched it online but I keep getting the most common responses which were given. But the thing is that F.O.B nowadays are changed. People don't know the meaning of it and start referring people as F.O.B for different things now. Sometimes for stupid things. I just wanted to know some other peoples' input. =] Thanks for the response! =D
@aidenw (633)
• United States
28 Dec 09
i believe the term 'fresh off the boat' originally referred to 'the boat people' who were refugees and came to the US by boat. now the term has expanded to include all immigrants i.e. those who weren't born in the US (particularly asians). i don't know if any other country uses the same term. you supposedly can identify them by the way they dress, act, and sometimes even the way they look,all of which are 'unamerican.' i know it's a rather derogatory and stereotypical term, and i don't like it myself. but it has nothing to do with wearing.owning something made in china.
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• United States
28 Dec 09
I think it's another word for immigrants, or people that weren't born in the US. I looked it up in the dictionary and it's of course a slang word. The definition says this: "fresh off the boat; as gullible and trusting as a new immigrant." It also states that it's a play on the initials of the actual FOB, which is free on board. I know that we use it a lot for Asians. I've never heard of it being used for any other race but Asians. I think that FOB is meant more for the Asian race than any other even though it does say 'immigrant' which can be any person from any other country, but I guess we're really just too use to using FOB towards Asian immigrants.
• China
28 Dec 09
In our country,China,it refers to new migrants that they don't know the new country's custom,culture and language,so the local people laugh at them F.O.B.