Posted by Bookworm on October 17, 2003
In Reply to: Spelling posted by Bookworm on October 16, 2003
: : : Does anyone know how to spell "begeebees" as in "scared the begeebees out of me"?
: : Do you mean "bejesus"?
: : From Merriam-Webster online:
: : bejesus
: : Main Entry: be·je·sus
: : Variant(s): also be·jee·zus /bi-'jE-z&s, -'jA-, -z&z/
: : Function: interjection
: : Etymology: alteration of by Jesus
: : Date: circa 1908
: : -- used as a mild oath; used as a noun for emphasis. Scares the bejesus out of me.
: Or, did you mean heebie-jeebies, as in "He gives me the heebie-jeebies"?
: Main Entry: hee·bie-jee·bies
: Pronunciation: "hE-bE-'jE-bEz
: Function: noun plural
: Etymology: coined by Billy DeBeck died 1942 American cartoonist
: Date: 1923
: : JITTERS, CREEPS
The above definition is from Merriam-Webster online.