..........Contact me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com.........

Contact me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com

Monday, March 26, 2012

"Heebie Jeebies"

Heebie Jeebies - It means having feelings of anxiety, unease, nervousness, the jitters, intense apprehension close to horror. "Heebie Jeebies" seems to hark back to earlier rhyming phrases, like "hocus-pocus" and "mumbo-jumbo". The meaning is more like the British term - the "screaming habdabs". It was coined at a time when there was a spate of new nonsense rhyming pairs, called rhyming reduplications, - the bee's knees, etc., around the 1920's in the US. The term is widely attributed to William M. "Billy" de Beck (who is also the first to use "horse feathers"). The first citation of it in print is certainly in a 1923 cartoon of his, in the 26th Oct edition of the New York American, "You dumb ox - why don't you get that stupid look offa your pan - you gimme the heeby jeebys!" Heebie jeebies caught on quickly and soon began appearing in many newspapers and literature of the US. "Heebie Jeebies", as a composition, was a 1926 single by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five.

No comments:

My Most Popular Posts

Total Pageviews

Contact Me

To contact me, email me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com