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Re: Goom bye

Posted by ESC on April 02, 2004

In Reply to: Also the term "goombye please"...? posted by Beth on April 02, 2004

: Anybody know its origin? For some reason I think it may be connected with WWII/40's somehow.

: Thanks again!

"Ritualistic slang expressions used on greeting and departing continued to do well in the 1940s..." "Goom bye" was one of the expressions during the 1940s, the Jive Generation. From "Flappers 2 Rappers: American Youth Slang" by Tom Dalzell (Merriam-Webster Inc., Springfield, Md., 1996).

Some others were "What's buzzin' cousin?" "Be seeing you in the funnies." "Bye-bye, buy bonds." "Plant you now, dig you later."

And so forth.