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screaming meemies, the

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screaming meemies, the

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A state of nervous hysteria; the HEEBIE-JEEBIES, the JITTERS: a town that would give the ordinary thrill-seeker the screaming meemies/ Knowing (a chimpanzee) was on the loose gave him the meemies

[fr WWI Army; apparently fr the soldier's echoic name for a very loud and terrifying German artillery shell, and then the battle fatigue caused by exposure to such mate´riel; the name may reflect a soldier's pattern of giving feminine names, here the French Mimi, to projectiles and weapons, such as Betsy, Big Bertha, Moaning Minnie, etc]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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