"Jinx" etymology: update

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Wed Jan 21 02:58:54 UTC 2004

I have now doubled my collection of examples of "Jinks Hoodoo" meaning
"Jonah"/"jinx" during the relevant time period.

Here is the second sighting:


_Hawaiian Gazette_ (Honolulu), 19 March 1895: p. 2, col. 5:

[Smoke appears on shipboard during a card game. There is a nervous Mr.
Ficke on board expressing grave forebodings about the fate of the ship etc.]

<<When they heard of the ship's escape the winners were glad and the losers
declared that Mr. Ficke was a genuine "Jinks Hoodoo.">>


-- Doug Wilson

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