Wednesday, June 9, 1999 Published at 10:11 GMT 11:11 UK
Ee bah gum, it's in t' dictionary
Our Vera would be proud. Coronation Street helped "Ee" into the dictionary.
By 'eck! Them daft 'apeths at t'Oxford Dictionary have gone all northern.
Fitting in snuggly between Edwardian and EEC, the phrase - most usually associated with cartoon strip hero Andy Capp and Manchester soap Coronation Street - is defined as a "northern English form of Oh!".
The new version of the Concise Oxford Dictionary (COD) also finds room for the southern, attention-grabbing exclamation "Oy!".
Another new word finding its way into the COD is "greenwash" - an ecological version of whitewash, whereby a company covers up its actions in order to appear more environmentally-friendly.
Other new entries among the COD's 24,000 words are "docusoap", "Viagra" and "blokeish".
The abbreviation GM - indicating genetically-modified and grant-maintained, among other definitions - also makes its debut.
Penny Silver, deputy chief editor of the COD, said the inclusion of new words from the English regions and abroad reflected their increasing use in everyday language.
She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "English has always been very good at corrupting itself.
"English enriches itself by borrowing.
"I don't think there is any danger of words getting in that are not important, because we have the Oxford world reading programme.
"That watches the language, collects data, and unless the words are well established and appear in a whole lot of publications over a period of time, they are not going to get in."