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  • In Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, there's a bit about how all tapes left in a car for too long eventually morph into Best of Queen albums. Then one of the characters--probably the demon Crowley, who is fond of his earthly life and is secretly helping to thwart his boss's plans by preventing the apocalypse--gets rattled when he hears "Bee-elzebub has a devil put aside for me, for me..." coming from his car stereo.

    October 18, 2010

  • A character in the Mummers' plays fo England who carries a club and a frying pan.

    Here comes I, Beelzebub.
    In my hand I carries a club,
    Over my shoulder a frying pan.
    Don't you think I'm a jolly old man
    ?

    October 23, 2009

  • Very interesting etmyology on this one. From Hebrew "ba‘al zəbûb", meaning "lord of the flies", a Philistine deity. Puts a whole new spin on that book. Answers has some more information on the etymology, including the possibility the Zebub was actually a place, and not a thing.

    March 16, 2008

  • or a cappella.

    February 20, 2007

  • This is true. Consider any context in which you might find occasion to use this word. Already, you're in weirdness.

    February 20, 2007

  • Me too. But I've heard some people say "BEEL zee bub," and thought it was weird. Then again, any time you say this word, it's already kind of weird.

    February 20, 2007

  • I always thought it would be pronounced "be-al-zuh-bub", although I don't think I've every said it. I would probably default to Freddie Mercury's pronunciation.

    February 19, 2007

  • bee-ell-zee-bub

    February 19, 2007

  • Bee-ELL-zih-bub for me.

    February 17, 2007

  • So out of curiosity, how many people pronounce this word "bee-ell-zee-bub" vs. "beel-zee-bub"?

    February 17, 2007

  • For years, I used to pronounce this as 'beezle-bub'

    February 17, 2007