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To: ASOC
What's amazing to me is to me are the phrases in common usage that have survived since classical times. “Jiminy” or “By Jiminy” which I heard older people exclaim when I was a kid. The dictionary says this is a corruption of “Jesu Domine” or Lord Jesus in Latin. But I read somewhere else this is an old Roman exclamation, “By Gemini,” referring to the mythological or astrological twins. But, a scholar I ain't.
25 posted on 03/19/2010 4:48:49 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
They actually swore by their names: "by Castor and Pollux!"

Because "gemini" just means "twins" (actually "born together") in Latin same as "didymoi" in Greek, and there were lots of twins around (like Thomas Didymus, a/k/a Doubting Thomas).

Also, Romans didn't speak English, but Englishmen spoke Latin, at least all the educated ones. So I think the derivation of "Jiminy" from Jesu Domine is more likely.

My grandfather used to say "Jiminy Christmas!" which confirms that derivation . . . it would be "Jesu Domine, Christe!"

He also always called a Coca-cola a "dope". He was born in 1890.

28 posted on 03/19/2010 5:26:42 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Brad from Tennessee
More telling, culturally, is “worthless as a Continental” Others are facinating - "London bridge is falling down" and "Ring around the rosie (rosiy) both of which are common world-wide."
30 posted on 03/19/2010 7:57:30 PM PDT by ASOC (In case of attack, tune to 640 kilocycles or 1240 kilocycles on your AM dial.)
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