Posted by Lewis on October 20, 2005
In Reply to: By Timothy posted by ESC on October 20, 2005
: : I have been listening to the Paul Temple radio plays from the BBC and this phrase is used by Temple on many occasions as an expression of surprise, similar to "My God". I have heard it and read it in books of the period 30s /40s/50s, but have no idea how it originated. Any thoughts?
: This is the only word phrase that I know -- Minced oath. I figure it is along the lines of "For the love of Mike" instead of "For the love of God."
are you sure it wasn't 'by Jiminy'? which would be a minced oath for Jesus.