Well salt me Bob

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on October 19, 2005

In Reply to: Well salt me Bob posted by Bridget Phare on October 17, 2005

: My ex-boss used to use the expression "Well salt me Bob" as an expression of surprise, I never got around to asking her where it came from, but now my brother has picked up the same espression from somewhere, but again does not know the origin. Can anyone help?
It could possibly be a mis-hearing of "swelp me Bob", which used to be quite common in SE England. "Swelp" is the Cockney pronunciation of "So help", and "Bob" is, or used to be, a euphemism for "God" in mild oaths (like saying "Jeepers" for "Jesus".