A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from September 11, 2019
Pea-pickin’ Minute (Pea-picking Minute)

"Now wait just a pea-picking minute!” means the same as “Now wait just one damned minute!” There is no exact measure of time

“Wait a pea pickin’ minute” was printed in The Evening Republican (Columbus, IN) on July 13, 1960. “A ‘pea-pickin’ minute is 59.56872 seconds” was posted on Twitter by Steve Gattuso on September 27, 2010.

“Cotton-pickin’ minute” is a similar term.

13 July 1960, The Evening Republican (Columbus, IN), pg. 19, col. 1 ad:
P. S. Again. Wait a pea pickin’ minute, I almost forgot, we have two brass beds.

Google Books
Alice and Me:
A Novel

By William Judson
New York, NY: A. Fields Books; distributed by E.P. Dutton
Pg. 101:
“Just one pea picking minute!”

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Christian bashing
Now, just a pea-pickin’ minute, here, Thomas!

Google Books
Antebellum South and the Civil War

By Ashley Atkinson
Lincoln, NE: iUniverse
Pg. 177:
“Now, wait jest a durn pea pickin’ minute,” Cooter grunted.

Steve Gattuso
Replying to @alyankovic
@alyankovic Also recorded: A “pea-pickin’” minute is 59.56872 seconds.
4:19 PM · Sep 27, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Penny Reilly Author, Artist
Just a pea-picking minute 😊
A greenhouse day… a planting out seedlings day… another rhubarb… https://instagram.com/p/BbaPAcdAkwY/
4:15 PM · Nov 12, 2017·Instagram

The World’s Foremost Authority
Replying to @realjackbenny
@Le_Gaul and @whitewinery
Now wait a pea-pickin’ minute…
9:52 PM · Aug 8, 2019·Twitter Web App

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTime/Weather • Wednesday, September 11, 2019 • Permalink