- them: Put 'em down there.
Origin of 'em
1350–1400; Middle English hem, Old English heom, dative and accusative plural of he1
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- an informal variant of them
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Word Origin and History for 'em
Middle English, now taken as a colloquial abbreviation of them, but originally a form of hem, dative and accusative of the third person plural pronoun.
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