Heebie-jeebies

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2 comments on this post.
  1. Nigel Crompton:

    The term ‘heebie-jeebie’ is often attributed to Billy de Beck in 1923. This is probably correct for the whole term. However, the term ‘jeebie’ comes from a native American term noted by Longfellow in his glossary of term in the poem ‘Hiawatha’. He says it means ‘ghost’ or ‘spirit’. Check out the book.

  2. Kate Person:

    The word Jee’bi is Ojibawa for ghost. Wondering if this somehow influenced the phrase.

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