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:
Popera (pop/popular + opera) (8/21)
“You can’t make a soufflé rise twice” (8/21)
“Baseball is a game of adjustments” (8/21)
“Everyone thinks they are an expert in education because they went to school” (8/20)
“Then you were a prospect and now you are a client” (joke) (8/20)
More new entries...

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z


Entry from August 20, 2012
“A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age”

"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age” (or “...but forgets her age") is a jocular saying that has been cited in print since at least 1913. The saying has often been attributed to American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963) since at least 1949, but there’s no evidence that Frost either coined or popularized the saying.


Hathi Trust Digital Library
2 August 1913, Implement Age (Springfield, OH), pg. 26, col. 1:
Tommy—Pop, what is a diplomat?
Tommy’s Pop—A diplomat, my son, is a man who remembers a woman’s birthday but forgets her age.

Hathi Trust Digital Library
September 1913, The School Journal, pg. viii, col. 2:
Tommy—Pop, what is a diplomat?
Tommy’s Pop—A diplomat, my son, is a man who remembers a woman’s birthday, but forgets her age.—Philadelphia Record.

Google Books
December 1913, The Square Deal, pg. 470, col. 2:
Diplomacy.
Tommy.—“Pop, what is a diplomat?”
Tommy’s Pop.—“A diplomat, my son, is a man who remembers a woman’s birthday, but forgets her age.” — Brooklyn Citizen.

28 April 1914, Denver (CO) Post, pg. 4, col. 8:
“What’s a diplomat?”
“A diplomat is a man who remembers a woman’s birthday, but forgets her age.”—New York American.

Google News Archive
1 October 1915, Neppel (WA) Record, pg. 5, col. 4:
Correct.
“What is your idea of a real diplomat?” asked the old fogy.

“A real diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday and always forgets her age,” replied the grouch.

Google News Archive
19 March 1922, The Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA), “Sunday Shorts” by Lane Orrick, pg. 15, col. 2:
The real diplomat remembers a woman’s birthday and forgets her age.

Google Books
A Connotary;
Definitions not found in dictionaries, collected from the sayings of the wise and otherwise

By John Garland Pollard
New York, NY: Thomas Y. Crowell
1935
Pg. 31:
Diplomat — A man who remembers a woman’s birthday and forgets her age.

9 September 1949, The Daily Journal-Gazette and Commercial-Star (Mattoon, IL), pg. 8, col. 6:
“A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday, but never her age.”—Frost.

Google Books
Speaker’s Handbook of Epigrams and Witticisms
By Herbert V. Prochnow
Blackpool: A. Thomas & Co.
1955
Pg. 29:
A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age. Robert Frost

GoogleNews Archive
7 May 1956, Spokane (WA) Daily Chronicle, pg. 1, col. 1:
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Robert Frost once said that diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never her age.”

Google Books
The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations
By Robert Andrews
New York, NY: Columbia University Press
1989
Pg. 79:
A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.
Robert Frost (1875-1963)
American poet

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • (0) Comments • Monday, August 20, 2012 • Permalink