Saturday, April 4, 2009

Heebie-jeebies

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun (used with a plural verb)
1. slang. a condition of extreme nervousness caused by fear, worry, strain, etc.; the jitters; the willies (usually preceded by the)

Examples:
"Yo Mama so ugly, her face gives me the heebie-jeebies."
"When you say you've got 'the heebie-jeebies' I can't tell if you mean you're scared or you have a bug infestation."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"1923, said to have been coined by U.S. cartoonist Billy De Beck (1890-1942), creator of 'Barney Google.'"

Awkwardness rating: 8

Even Dorothy gets the heebie-jeebies! (theartoftakingaction.com)

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