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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: AnAmericanMother

The older I get the more I realize how little know. Thanks. One of these mornings at the truckstop I may get to say, “By Castor and Pollux! This coffee’s cold.”


29 posted on 03/19/2010 6:14:09 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: AnAmericanMother; Brad from Tennessee
He also always called a Coca-cola a "dope". He was born in 1890.

That's when it contained REAL dope!

31 posted on 03/19/2010 8:00:57 PM PDT by thecodont
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