Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.
• “Every box of raisins is a tragic tale of grapes that could have been wine” (4/23)
• “I saw a family of raisins in the bank today. They were opening a currant account!” (4/23)
• “Raisins are just elderly grapes” (4/23)
• “When I said ‘nuke the Chinese,’ I meant put the takeout in the microwave” (4/22)
• “Why is ground beef so popular?"/"Because the flying cows are really hard to catch.” (4/22)
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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 15,000 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.