In an interview with Craig Ferguson (CF) at The (now late) Late Late Show, Billy Connolly (BC) says https://youtu.be/wkqkpvA7Oq0?t=8m24s

BC: So now they're all gathering on Princess Street in Edinburgh, outside.
BC: Freezing a bejesus off you.
CF: You can't say that...
BC: I said "Bejesus!"
BC: It's like "Bed, bath and bejesus"

As I understand "bejesus" is usually used make an emphasis, so that Freezing a bejesus off you would mean something like "It's damm cold." But I can't understand the meaning of the last It's like "Bed, bath and bejesus."

What does it mean?


It's just a play on words. There is a store called "bed bath and beyond". He substitutes "beyond" for another word that starts with "b". This is not a very common expression; I have never heard it before.

  • The remark is funny in part because it's not a common expression.
    – J.R.
    May 15 '15 at 17:08
  • Reminds me of the Simpsons episode set in the 19th century: Pone Pelts and Beyond. simpsonswiki.com/wiki/Pone,_Pelts_and_Beyond May 15 '15 at 17:48
  • More than "not a common expression", I think it was something he made up in the moment. Just a one-off joke.
    – DCShannon
    May 16 '15 at 3:33

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