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Origin of "beelzebub has a devil for a sideboard"?

Posted by Gary Martin on April 24, 2003

In Reply to: Origin of "beelzebub has a devil for a sideboard"? posted by Mama Mia on April 24, 2003

: The listing in the Mondegreen section of the Phrase Finder does not give a source for the mis-hearing of the line from Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

: Could it come from the cover version of B.R. done by the Young Ones? They certainly use the line "Beelzebub has a devil for a sideboard" instead of the correct lyric.

: Of course, they may just have been repeating a popular mishearing, but I am not enough of a Queen fan to know....

: Mama Mia

The source (i.e. myself) is given on

That's the way it sounded to me when I first heard the song. I don't know if anyone else did too so it may not be the origin as such, although it was certainly original.