Jump to navigation Jump to search «Jinxed» redirects here. For the 1982 theatrical film, see Jinx jinx! This article needs additional citations for verification. The word «jynx» meaning the bird wryneck and sometimes a charm or spell has been in use in English since the seventeenth century.
The modern spelling and connotations developed late in the nineteenth century. Conversely, calling attention to possible bad fortune is sometime said to jinx those it might affect. Jinx is also a children’s game played when two people say the same thing at the same time. The Online Etymology Dictionary states that ‘jynx’, meaning a charm or spell, was in usage in English as early as the 1690s.
The same source states that ‘jinx’, with that specific spelling, is first attested in American English in 1911. A «Mr Jinx» appeared in Ballou’s monthly magazine — Volume 6, page 276, in 1857. Barry Popik of the American Dialect Society suggests that the word should be traced back to an American folksong called Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines written by William Lingard in 1868. In 1887, the character Jinks Hoodoo, described as «a curse to everybody, including himself» appeared in the musical comedy Little Puck, and the name was quickly picked up by the press. By th’ bones of Mike Kelly, I’ll do it!
Yes, sir, I’ll hoodoo th’ whole darned club, I will. I’ll put a jinx on ’em or my name ain’t Dasher, an’ that goes! But the ball players instantly knew the truth. A jinx, a jinx,» they whispered along the bench. Cross-eyed girl sittin’ over there back o’ third. Holy smoke, look at them eyes! He treated the matter just as seriously as they, condoling with The Dasher, bracing up the Yeggman, execrating the jinx and summoning all his occult strategy to outwit it.
Christy Mathewson explained that «a jinx is something which brings bad luck to a ball player. Baseball’s most common «jinx» belief is that talking about a pitcher’s ongoing no-hitter will cause it to be ended. Queen Victoria liner: Jinxed ship hit again». The jinx: stories of the diamond — Google Books. 5 0 0 0 0 1h7a.