Sunday, July 4, 2010

By Jingo


  • Euphemism for the name of God; an oath
  • “‘Why not?’ he asked. ‘Why not, by Jingo?’” —T.H. White, The Once and Future King (1939)
  • Surprise
  • Variations and Incantations:

  • By gee, by gosh, by jingo
  • “[H]e whistled the ballad ‘Oh, by gee, by gosh, by jingo’ as though it were a hymn melancholy and noble.” —Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt (1921)
  • By jingo by gee by gosh by gum
  • —e.e. cummings, “next to of course god america i” (1926)
  • By the living jingo
  • —Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1903)
  • High jingo!
  • —Michael Connelly, The Closers (2005)

    In Literature:

  • “By jingo, that would be awful!” —James Joyce, Ulysses (1922)
  • “I shall never forget it; by Jingo, it has served me for a most excellent good joke ever since.” —Fanny Burney, Evelina (1778)
  • “[B]y Jingo was not my Lolita a child!” —Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (1955)
  • “By jingo, I’m kerfoozled!” —Brian Jacques, Lord Brocktree (2001)

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