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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Entry from February 22, 2017
“A plateau is a high form of flattery”

"A plateau is a high form of flattery” (or “A plateau is the highest form of flattery") is a “flattery” pun that has been printed on many images. “A Plateau is the highest form of flattery” was posted on the newsgroup rec.games.programmer on October 19, 1997. “A plateau is a high form of flattery” was posted on the website Pun of the Day in June 1999.

The one-line saying was popularized on many websites in 2002,


Google Groups: rec.games.programmer
Help! Watcom!
Steve McAndrewSmith
10/19/97
(...)
A Plateau is the highest form of flattery.

Pun of the Day
Great One Liners of the Month
Current Positions for June 1999

(...)
5. A plateau is a high form of flattery.

13 April 2002, The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC), “Keep on the punny side of life” by Elsa McDowell, pg. 1:
- A plateau is a high form of flattery.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak 04/26/02
Stan Kegel
4/26/02
(...)
A plateau is a high form of flattery. (Jerry Ulett)

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak 10/25/02
Stan Kegel
10/27/02
(...)
A plateau is a high form of flattery (Pun of the Day)

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak 11/15/02
Stan Kegel
11/15/02
(...)
A plateau is a high form of flattery. (Joan Adams)

Google Books
E-Mail Humor
By Louis G. Morton
Victoria, BC: Trafford Publishing
2005
Pg. 6:
A plateau is a high form of flattery.

Twitter
Brandon Danger Hill
‏@Gutshot
A plateau is a high form of flattery.
10:36 PM - 29 Sep 2008

Twitter
Spills
‏@spillsmusic
#CORNYjoke: Why is imitation like a plateau?
They’re both the highest form of flattery.
10:36 AM - 26 Aug 2009

Twitter
José
‏@bebi59
A Plateau is the highest form of flattery.
2:40 PM - 31 Dec 2009

Google Books
Once Apun A Time:
A Rich, Historical and Sometimes Earthy Collection of Puns

By Robin Leech
Victoria, BC: FriesenPress
2015
Pg. ?:
A plateau is a high form of flattery.

Google Books
Dr. O.K.’s Wit, Wisdom and Whatever
By Otis LoVette
New York, NY: Page Publishing, Inc.
2016
Pg. ?:
A plateau is a high form of flattery.

15 February 2016, News Mail (Bundsberg, Queensland), “Last Laugh,” pg. 11:
How is imitation like a plateau? They’re both the highest form of flattery.

14 November 2016, The Advertiser< (Adelaide, Australia), “The Last Word” by Marty Smith, pg. 20:
Wordplay: A plateau is the highest form of flattery.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 • Permalink