Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.
• “Why don’t ghosts like rain?"/"It dampens their spirits.” (10/21)
• “My grandfather died peacefully in his sleep, not like his passengers” (10/21)
• “What is a witch’s favorite subject in school?"/"Spelling.” (10/20)
• “What do ghosts put on their mashed potatoes?"/"Grave-y.” (10/20)
• “What do you call a cow that doesn’t give milk?"/"A milk dud.” (10/20)
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Above, Big Apple Corner at 54th Street and Broadway in Manhattan.
Above, John J. Fitz Gerald, from the Oct. 17, 1931, Turf Play, p. 7.
Listen to Robert Emmerich introduce The Big Apple, a hit song from 1937. Music written by Bob and performed by Tommy Dorsey's Clambake Seven with Bob on piano. Lyrics written by Buddy Bernier and sung by Edythe Wright. Audio provided by Dorothy Emmerich.
The Big Apple. An etymological dictionary (over 14,000 entries) investigating the origins of American words, names, quotations and phrases, specializing in modern slang, neologisms, nicknames, acronyms, slogans, mottos, proverbs, adages, idioms. aphorisms, riddles, puns and jokes. There are regional dictionaries of New York City, Florida, Oregon and Texas. Established 2004. A website by Barry Popik.
Above, a cartoon representing the idea of the "big apple" from the 1920s. Click to see the full version.