It’s a busy writing month for me so I’m revisiting and revamping some old posts. I’ve previously written about this week’s word, but I’ve added a bit to this new post. I’ve mentioned before that I enjoy Halloween and all its trappings, with the emphasis on all things hair-raising, not stomach-churning. This week’s word brings to mind the one scary character that, no matter how many times I see the movie, always gives me the heebie-jeebies.
I mean, I can’t even write this post at night because of the gifs below. But stay tuned to the end for a list of haunting period dramas to watch this Halloween! I highly recommend The Innocents, The Awakening, and The Turn of the Screw, if you prefer being frightened rather than nauseated.
Last warning. To me, these movie scenes are terrifying.
A scare-babe or bully-beggar, 1811; buggybow, 1740. Also thought to be connected with Bugibu, a demon in the Old French poem Aliscans from 1141, which is perhaps itself of Celtic origin (bucca bogle, goblin, and Cornish bucca-boo).
A google search of the word bugaboo – the 21st century spelling for this week’s word – results in hits ranging from a baby stroller to a mountain range in British Columbia to a song by Destiny’s Child. It also pulls up what the word originally meant, when it was spelled slightly differently – the bogeyman.
The bogeyman for me is epitomized in Michael Myers. Not the former SNL comedian and definitely not the gore-infused Myers of the 21st century remakes, but the original, William Shatner mask-wearing killer of 1978’s Halloween by John Carpenter.
The guy was obsessed with doing anything to get back home to kill his remaining sister; every thing and everyone in his way were doomed. What makes him even creepier is that he always walked – never ran – and remained eerily calm in his pursuit.
I mean, come on! Heebedie-jeebedies!
Heavenly days, that head tilt. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.
Dr. Loomis, Michael’s longsuffering psychiatrist – who pleaded with authorities not to release his patient – tried his best to warn and save everyone. Unfortunately, the inhabitants of the town of Haddonfield, Illinois thought Michael Myers was more legend than fact, more bogeyman or scare-babe than threat.
Yes. Yes, it was.
Aaaandd still is! Don’t sit in the house with a Bugaboe, dead or alive! Go. Now.
Girl, I told you not to sit there.
And that skinny little stick is not going to stop a Bugaboe.
Truer words have n’er been spoken.
Need some spookety period dramas this All Hallow’s Eve? Have no fear – Willow and Thatch have you covered.
- Slang term taken from Cant: A Gentleman’s Guide, and the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.
- All scary-as-hell gifs taken from John Carpenter’s Halloween, 1978, Compass International Pictures.