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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)
Regarding Scooby Doo: see also zoinks and its etymology. It's not mentioned in this entry (yet). Equinox 18:33, 22 November 2015 (UTC)
Found ( the phrase "by jinkies" used in an "Ella Cinders" newspaper comic strip from 1936, said by a character named "Bull." Specific reference found was Montana Butte Standard (Butte, Montana), Tue, Sep 29, 1936, Page 11. So the phrase at least goes back pre-1940s. Found "jinkies" used as interjection in a couple of "Big Sister" newspaper strips from 1960. Also, in the 1948 movie "A Date With Judy," the Judy character (played by Jane Powell) says "Jinkies!" twice, once in a scene with Scotty Beckett's "Oogie" character and once in a scene with "Carol," portrayed by Elizabeth Taylor. Wonder if it was used on the radio show?2601:482:4400:FD1F:E1EC:B06D:D01B:7133 18:49, 27 September 2016 (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)