But even in LA, Emandal has developed into a sort of jiminy Cricket I interplay with daily.
By jiminy, we got to carry our cameras up a cliff and get some goat pictures.
A storm-burst of laughter, mingled with shouts of "By jiminy, but he's chain-lightning!"
It ain't no use fer you to hold back; we've got a ladder, and by jiminy!
Then the boss looked at the bit they'd sold with me, an' s' he: 'jiminy Christmas!
Oh, jiminy, am I a good looker, am I under thirty with a fashionable wardrobe on and off?
You get on deck damn quick, or by jiminy I cut your heart out!
By jiminy, I believe they'd shell out for a bill to make their town a seaport, if it was a hundred miles from a drop of water.
Yop, I said; jiminy, you cant stop thinking about it, can you?
In later years, the phrase degenerated to the simple "by jiminy," and its meaning had been lost.
an exclamation of surprise
alter. of Gemini
exclamation of surprise, 1803, a disguised oath, perhaps for Jesu Domine "Jesus Lord." Extended form jiminy cricket is attested from 1848 and suggests Jesus Christ (cf. also Jiminy Christmas, 1890).