Sorry. Got carried away.
All true, by the way, but not relevant.
What is relevant is her name – Jerusha. I could gush for some time about the meaning of that name, but that is not what is key here.
What is key here is a passage from a book that my son and I were reading, Freddy and the Bean Home News, a book originally published in 1943. In this book we were introduced to an expression that we had never before encountered.
Freddy the pig and his friends, the animals from the Bean farm, had been banished from public appearances by the devious Mr. Garble. You don’t have to know the story to know that when Freddy ran from the cover of some bushes into Mr. Garble’s presence, Mr. Garble was greatly surprised.
“Great Jumping Jerusha!” shouted Mr. Garble.
You can see why that passage interested me.