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

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

Recent entries:
“I would rather be governed by the first hundred names in the telephone book” (3/26)
Otto (football linebacker position) (3/26)
TPTSB or PTSB (The Powers That Shouldn’t Be) (3/26)
TPTB or PTB (The Powers That Be) (3/26)
“The toes you step on today may be connected to the ass you’ll kiss tomorrow” (3/26)
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The Big Apple. An etymological dictionary (over 11,000 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, the header from the 1924 newspaper column of John J. Fitz Gerald. Click to see a portion of the column which includes his use of "Big Apple." Part of a 1926 column is also available.


Above, a cartoon representing the idea of the "big apple" from the 1920s. Click to see the full version.

SUMMARY: "Why is New York called the Big Apple?"