Posted by Victoria S Dennis on June 24, 2006
In Reply to: Re: Scare the jeepers out of me posted by David FG on June 24, 2006
: : Hi ,
: : would you tell me what does it meen "scare the jeepers out of me"?
: : thank you
: It simply means to give you a great fright. 'Jeepers' here is an arbitrary word which doesn't really mean anything and the phrase is frequently used with alternatives used in its place.
"Jeepers" is a minced form of "Jesus". It occurs in the phrase "jeepers creepers" (="Jesus Christ"). A commoner form of your phrase is "scare the bejeezus/bejasus out of me". "Bejasus" (variously spelt) is a phonetic form of the Irish pronunciation of "By Jesus".