August 10, 2003


Australia’s Chris Snelling, rebuilding his major league baseball career in Tacoma, offers some simple living advice:

In each city he's played in, Snelling makes it a point to visit local thrift stores for clothes. It's not a joke, either. And it's not like Snelling is on a tight budget.

"The main reason that I do it is I won't have to wash my clothes," Snelling said. "You can buy an entire wardrobe for $20. Instead of washing it, I will hand it back to them. You keep a rotation going."

Snelling made an impression in Seattle, too, before injury halted his 2002 season with the Mariners:

Then there's Australian Chris Snelling. Not only does he talk in another dialect, but there is a growing suspicion that he may be from another planet.

Scroll down for The Seattle Times’ take on Snelling’s otherworldy language. They get a few things wrong; for example, the Australian term for “uncouth person” is “yobbo”, not “yabbo”. As every Australian knows, “yabbo” is our word for “plastics engineer working in the field of reinforced polypropylene”. And a “yibbo” is a condiments salesman.

Please don’t ask what a “yubbo” is. This is a family site.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 10, 2003 02:52 AM

Instead of washing it? I sincerely hope the next wardrobe he buys for $20 will be off the back of some scabrous, infested feeb who also had an aversion to washing clothes due for donation.

Posted by: Ric at August 10, 2003 at 03:14 AM


Posted by: John Bono at August 10, 2003 at 06:42 AM

Seppo=American? I've always thought it was just a septic tank.

Posted by: wv at August 10, 2003 at 08:05 AM

Those ignorami obviously need some learnin.

Posted by: Yobbo at August 10, 2003 at 08:54 AM

Hey, don't forget "yebbo"

Posted by: Galen at August 10, 2003 at 12:17 PM

Hey, Yibbo,
I don't need no learnin'
(the wife knows everything anyway)

Posted by: Pedro the Ignorant at August 10, 2003 at 02:15 PM

A "yebbo" is a Lebanese yeti.

Posted by: tim at August 10, 2003 at 02:22 PM

these yetis are pretty adept at designing Ethiopian websites apparently
Multi skilling lives

Posted by: galen at August 10, 2003 at 02:53 PM

And a shark bisuit is a surf board or body board.

Posted by: Tony.T at August 10, 2003 at 08:44 PM

and he's obviously on the cutting edge of fashion too

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at August 10, 2003 at 11:47 PM