Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.
• “Q: What do you get when you mix beans and onions? A: Tear gas.” (9/1)
• “What’s the difference between beer nuts and deer nuts?” (joke) (9/1)
• “My wife made me join a bridge club—I jump off next Tuesday” (9/1)
• “Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught” (8/31)
• “I eat cake because it’s somebody’s birthday somewhere” (8/31)
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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 10,000 entries) investigating the origins of American words, names, quotations and phrases, specializing in modern slang, neologisms, nicknames, slogans, proverbs, adages, idioms and aphorisms. There are regional dictionaries of New York City, Florida, Oregon and Texas. A web site by Barry Popik.
Above, a cartoon representing the idea of the "big apple" from the 1920s. Click to see the full version.