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Author Topic: Why do Northeners say 'ee by gum'? Does it mean anything?  (Read 28272 times)

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Why do Northeners say 'ee by gum'? Does it mean anything?
« on: 20 September, 2009, 10:23:28 PM »
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Re: Why do Northeners say 'ee by gum'? Does it mean anything?
« Reply #1 on: 20 September, 2009, 11:24:48 PM »
I'm a Northerner, I don't believe I've ever said anything of the sort in my life!

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Re: Why do Northeners say 'ee by gum'? Does it mean anything?
« Reply #2 on: 21 September, 2009, 03:23:31 PM »
It's same as the expression 'By gum' which is used in many other parts of the country - Ee bah gum is just A northern way of pronunciation of it.
It's a 'minced oath' meaning 'By God'.
A minced oath is something you use when you, for instance, drop a hammer on your foot and don't want to swear in front of the children or granny.

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Re: Why do Northeners say 'ee by gum'? Does it mean anything?
« Reply #3 on: 21 September, 2009, 11:23:08 PM »
So it is just 'Eh by Gawd' then?

Same as in Sarf London?

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Re: Why do Northeners say 'ee by gum'? Does it mean anything?
« Reply #4 on: 01 June, 2010, 11:52:06 AM »
I was reminded of these gems:
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Yorkshire man takes his cat to the vet.
Yorkshireman: "Ayup, lad, I need to talk to thee about me cat."
Vet: "Is it a tom ?"
Yorkshireman: "Nay, I've browt it wi'   us."

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A Yorkshireman's dog dies and as it was a favourite pet he decides to have a gold statue made by a jeweller to remember the dog by.
Yorkshireman: "Can tha mek us a gold statue of yon dog?"
Jeweller: "Do you want it 18 carat?"
Yorkshireman: "No I want it chewin' a bone, yer daft begger!"

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A Yorkshireman's wife dies and the widower decides that her headstone should have the words "She were Thine" engraved on it.
He calls the stone mason, who assures him that the headstone will be ready a few days after the funeral. True to his word the stone mason calls the widower to say that the headstone is ready and would he like to come and have a look.
When the widower gets there he takes one look at the stone to see that it's been engraved "She were Thin".

He explodes - good grief, man, you've left the flamin' "e" out!
The stone mason apologises and assures the poor widower that it will be rectified the following morning.

Next day comes and the widower returns to the stone mason - "There you go sir, I've put the "e" on the stone for you"..
The widower looks at the stone and then reads out aloud - "E, She were Thin".

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Bloke from  Barnsley with a sore backside asks chemist "Nah then lad, does tha sell arse cream?"
Chemist replies "Aye, Magnum or Cornetto?"

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Re: Why do Northeners say 'ee by gum'? Does it mean anything?
« Reply #5 on: 22 December, 2011, 07:19:18 PM »
I have been told it derives from "Eboracum" ("E-bora-cum" turning into "ee by gum"), which was the Romans' name for York.

I am not sure, however, whether this is true, as I have found no authoritative confirmation of this.

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Re: Why do Northeners say 'ee by gum'? Does it mean anything?
« Reply #6 on: 28 December, 2011, 08:35:38 PM »
It's a nice theory Ron but I am a bit sceptical...'ee bah gumming Yorkshiremen probably
hadn't even heard of Eboracum then any more they have today. I think Mrs Too's answer
feels like the right one so far.

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Re: Why do Northeners say 'ee by gum'? Does it mean anything?
« Reply #7 on: 17 February, 2012, 07:12:26 PM »
No you are all wrong, its the name of a Lancastrian Temple were a special fighting art was perfected by the monks resident there. This came to be known as ee bah goom, ecky thump.

Bill Oddy was a master practitioner of the art.

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Re: Why do Northeners say 'ee by gum'? Does it mean anything?
« Reply #8 on: 30 March, 2012, 08:37:03 AM »
" EE " is an exlamation of surprise / amazement / etc  /  and  " By Gum "  means " who would have thought that " / " Did it really " and more than likely " Bloody ell " .

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Re: Why do Northeners say 'ee by gum'? Does it mean anything?
« Reply #9 on: 04 March, 2013, 06:10:16 PM »
It goes back to the days of empire as I was told many years ago. The gum was an elixire or divinity that was supposed to make you bullet proof no doubt disproved by the British Army. And is of course an expression of comic amazement with the inference of disbelief.