Scrabble Bingo of the Day: BEJABERS


BEJABERS  interj  bejesus (used as a mild oath)

69 points (19 points without the bingo)

An oath is almost always associated with promises or sworn declarations, but it also has a different meaning as a profane or offensive expression used to convey anger or other strong emotions. A "mild oath" is an interjection, which is an abrupt remark or exclamation that sometimes is without a definite meaning and is capable of standing alone.

Popular interjections (which are sometimes euphemisms) are crap, dangit, darn, fudge, holy moly, rats, shoot and wow, but the more obscure ones are the funnest, like bejabers (from bejesus), which is usually regarded as a characteristic utterance of Irish people to express surprise or just for emphasis, and sometimes starts with an intensifier like "holy."

Bejesus is an alteration of "by Jesus."

Like mentioned, bejabers can stand alone as an interjection, but it's also commonly used in sentences as a noun for emphasis (maybe for some nasty bodily waste), usually with the word "the" before it:

"He scared the bejabers out of me."
"That old lady just completely slapped the bejeezus out of him."
"He said you confused the bejesus out of him."


Scrabble Bingo of the Day: BEJABERS "Holy bejabers, Batman!"
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Scrabble Bingo of the Day: BEJABERS This guy got the bejabers scared out of him.
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So, just what is a Scrabble Bingo?

A bingo is when a player empties his or her rack in one turn, placing all seven of their letters on the board to create a word that's at least seven letters long. The term "bingo" is used primarily in the U.S., but elsewhere it's simply known as a "bonus" because you get a bonus of 50 points added to your turn's score. "Scrabble Bingo of the Day" will focus on these high scoring plays, teaching you some interesting and possibly unusual seven-letter or longer words accepted in a game of Scrabble.

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