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Posted by Bookworm on October 16, 2003

In Reply to: Spelling posted by ESC 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