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 did the hotel hire a skeleton on Halloween?"/"He had a skeleton key.” (10/27)
• “Why didn’t the skeleton go to the dance?"/"He had no body to dance with!” (10/27)
• “When does a ghost have breakfast?"/"In the moaning.” (10/27)
• “What’s a monster’s favorite bean?"/"A human bean.” (10/27)
• “Why do ghosts like to ride in elevators?"/"It lifts their spirits.” (10/26)
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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.