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.

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Federal Death Adminsitration (Food and Drug Administration or FDA nickname) (1/22)
Fraud and Death Administration (Food and Drug Administration or FDA nickname) (1/22)
“Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor play” (1/22)
“Coincidence is the word we use when we can’t see the levers and the pulleys” (1/22)
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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, 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?"