'Erb: A wag. A funny fellow — e.g., "He's a regular 'Erb." Used also colloquially in addressing any man whose name was unknown to the speaker, equivalent to "fellow" — e.g., "Here you 'Erb, I want you." From the typical cockney pronunciation of the name Herbert.
References / notes
- Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.89.
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