What is Kimosabe?
Kimosabe is a term used by many to refer to a friend who has been very faithful. Kimosabe may also be spelled as “kemosabe” or may be written as “Kemo Sabe” or “Kemo Sabhay”.
This particular term is said to have rooted from a radio and TV series involving the characters Lone Ranger and Tonto. This particular show featured the American Old West with Lone Ranger taking on the role of a cowboy and Tonto representing the American Indian. It is said that in one of the show’s scenes, the character of Tonto greets the Lone Ranger “Kemo Sabe”. From then on, the term “kimosabe” became known as referring to a dear and faithful friend. In this particular show, Tonto and Lone Ranger became allies and best friends in their quest to do justice for other people.
But many have said also that the term “kimosabe” actually means “trusty scout”. This is in reference to a boy’s camping ground erected in Michigan back in 1911. This particular meaning is backed by the Lone Ranger show’s writer and that the term “kimosabe” indeed referred to somebody who is a “trusty scout”. This meaning is similar to being “faithful” to a friend and so either way, “kimosabe” represents a good kind of friend and one who is considered faithful and trustworthy.
In urban terms, when somebody greets another person who happens to be his/her trusted friend, the word “kimosabe” may be used like in the greeting “Hello Kimosabe”. In this particular example, “Hello Kimosabe” simply implies a greeting to a faithful friend. Although the term ‘kimosabe’ is not widely used in plain conversations, many people still recognize the term as some form of description to a best friend. In the urban setup though, ‘kimosabe’ is part of common lingo and slang phrases that young people use especially in text messaging and chat rooms.