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Please don't take this entry off the site! I ended up here when searching for the origin of the term "By Jinkies" which was often used by my father when I was growing up. I have learnt that the word "Jinkies" was used a lot by Velma in Scooby Doo, which is a good start, but doesn't go back far enough. It would be really good if someone knew where it actually originated from. I suspect it is slang, but it was certainly in common usage in the 1950s and 60s. Suzi

Possibly related to by jingo? Equinox 15:32, 27 October 2010 (UTC)


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Indication of surprise or amazement? SemperBlotto 06:52, 3 July 2006 (UTC)

Absolutely. Catch phrase from 'Scooby-Doo' but I sometimes use it if addressing elementary (K-6) school students (or any pre-adolescent kids.) --Connel MacKenzie T C 05:47, 4 July 2006 (UTC)
I agree and think it should stand. The phrase was used a lot by my parents era as I was growing up, and I for one, have ended up here after a search for the meaning, and hopefully origins of the phrase. It was recently used by my father-in-law in response to watching me withdraw money from an ATM. He said "By Jinkies! I've never seen anything like that in my life!". I want to use the quote now in an article I am writing related to technology aversion, and thought I should know the origin of the exclamation first. Suzi Adams, Canberra, Australia
rfvpassed. Andrew massyn 21:13, 3 August 2006 (UTC)