Word of the day

The word for today is…

heebie-jeebies (noun) – (Slang) A feeling of uneasiness or nervousness; the jitters.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : The American cartoonist William (“Billy”) De Beck (1890-1942) was most famous for his comic strip Take Barney Google, F’rinstance (1919), which became Barney Google and Snuffy Smith in 1934. De Beck is responsible for coining heebie-jeebies, balls of fire, and time’s a-wastin. Heebie-jeebies entered English in the 20th century.


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