Lexicon Valley: Mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

The Jittery History of a Very Nervous Phrase

The Jittery History of a Very Nervous Phrase

A show about the mysteries of English.
July 27 2015 11:02 AM

The Jittery History of a Very Nervous Phrase

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

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Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the phrase heebie-jeebies with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer. For more on the phrase, visit Zimmer’s Word Routes column on Vocabulary.com.

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