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 December 02, 2013
Giverment (giver + government)

"Giverment” is a dialect spelling of “government” that has been cited in print since at least 1914. In the 2000s, “giverment” has also meant a blend of “giver” and “government”—a government that gives benefits to many people.

A similar spelling is “givernment.”


Google Books
August 1914, The Woman’s Magazine, “Camping in the Cumberlands,” pg. 35, col. 1:
The law has been entirely in their hands for generations, and it is not easy for them to lay down the reins; especially to a “giverment” whose only dealing with them has been to take part of their pitifully inadequate money, made from pressing grapes and apples.

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Americans All Over
By Jerome Beatty
New York, NY: John Day Company
1940
Pg. 342:
But our colonial policy — half -government, half-giverment — makes the Islands an economic liability.

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So Shall They Reap
By John Bennett
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran and Co.
1944
Pg. 111:
“They don’t get no uniforms ‘cause the giverment ain’t got none.”

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The Parson of the Hills
By Charles A. Keyes
New York, NY: Vantage Press
1956
Pg. 102:
Some of the biggest liquor makers in the world is over in Louisville, and they are backed up by the giverment of Americky.

Google Books
Riding the Rails:
Teenagers on the Move in the Great Depression

By Errol Lincoln Uys
New York, NY: TV Books
1999
Pg. 16:
He listened to dirt-poor farmers talk about “Ruzafelt” and the “Giverment,” the cost of feed and seed, and the drought.

An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings
Another Stupid Giverment Idea!
5 May 2010, 9:05 am.
I want a nice sun room, environmentally sound, of course. Gimme some of dat “Obama money”!
Cash for Caulkers: Another Subsidized Clunker
The Foundry

Twitter
MP4
‏@shootingfurfun
Liberals want Giverment to
Pay for gas to drive over to
Pick up their birth control #Taxpayers #tcot #teaparty #Obama2012 #ObamaDistraction
6:12 PM - 10 Mar 12

Twitter
Russ Pitts
‏@russpitts
Today’s Freudian typo: I keep typing “government” as “giverment.”
9:54 AM - 25 Sep 13

Twitter
Cody Venzke
‏@venzkec
Unfortunate consequence of my typo-riddled tax notes? A great new conservative neologism: the “giverment” #tcot
2:55 PM - 1 Dec 13

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Monday, December 02, 2013 • Permalink