Posted by Gary Martin on December 29, 2007
In Reply to: Re: Coo lummy posted by James Briggs on December 29, 2007
: : Coo lummy. Clearly some sort of "ooh, wow," but I'd love to know more. It shows up in books, but I don't find the phrase or its parts here. Do or did people really say it? What's its etymology?
: A guess. It was/is certainly common in Cockney speak, but I know it as 'cor lummy'. The 'lummy' is a cockney way of saying 'love me'. The 'cor' is more difficult . It appears in 'cor blimey', where 'blimey' is , for some reason, 'blind me' and in 'cor, luv a duck'. My searches just prior to posting this suggest that it's just an intensifier; I can't find an origin.
Lummy appears to be a minced oath, i.e. a religious euphemism, meaning [Lord] love me. Cor is likewise, a variant of corblimey, which itself comes from gorblimey (God blind me).