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Offline Angeleyes

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The Heeby Jeebies
« on: February 13, 2006, 04:13:26 AM »
Does anyone know what I am talking about? I changed 'heeby jeebies' to 'shakes' but, to me, I doesn't sound as good. Would appreciate any thoughts on this one!   Thanks.

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Re: The Heeby Jeebies
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2006, 04:47:56 AM »
Ann

The term "heeby jeebies" means something that sends shivers down my spine like the mental scene of visiting a serious trafic accident. The shakes doesn't do that for me. Using "shivers" in a short phrase seems better to me.

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Re: The Heeby Jeebies
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2006, 05:49:43 AM »
Well Ive used a phrase many a time 'it gives me the creeps'   I would use that when something is a bit paranormal or when talking about someone with whom I definitely dont relate  Heeby Jeebies I would use if I was quoting someone in dialogue.  Or you could say 'it sent shivers up my spine'

It all depends on what context you wish to talk about.   I found this in my Thesaurus

• There’s something about thick fog that gives me the heebie-jeebies.

Overall the Dictionary defines this term and slang.

I hopes this helps
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Re: The Heeby Jeebies
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2006, 06:11:24 AM »
Thank you for your swift replies lledod and Lin. I'm not sure what will work best, I like 'shivers up my spine' and 'shivers'. Why didn't I think of that before??  ::)  Thanks again for the advice.

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Re: The Heeby Jeebies
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2006, 10:47:18 AM »
Glad to be of Service!

Lin

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Re: The Heeby Jeebies
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2006, 11:44:34 AM »
Yes - I'd never thought about it before, but Lin's right. I think 'heeby-jeebies' (great expression) is part of something someone would SAY, rather than a description on the part of the author. It somehow seems too informal. I suppose it depends on the style and context. Perhaps you could post a little snippet of the paragraph it's in - that might make the differenc!

'shivers' - yes.

'shakes' - no.

My thoughts, anyway - for what they're worth.

Symphony
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Re: The Heeby Jeebies
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2006, 11:54:51 AM »
Hi Symphony, and thanks for the advice!! It's already on a piece I posted in 'review my work'. See what you think, if you get the chance.  Oh yes, totally agree about 'shivers'.   ;)

Ann.
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