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 18, 2013
“Nobody cares how bad your English is if your Scotch is good”

"Nobody cares how bad your English is if your Scotch is good” is a jocular drinking saying that has been included in several collections of humorous quotations, but it’s usually not attributed to anyone. “Your English may be bad but nobody will pay much attention to it if your Scotch is of good quality” was cited in print in 1931, when it was credited to Kansas author Mack Cretcher (1868-1946).


31 December 1931, The Journal (Scandia, KS), “Kansas Kolumnists,” pg. 2, col. 2:
Your English may be bad but nobody will pay much attention to it if your Scotch is of good quality.—Mack Cretcher.

21 February 1934, Sheboygan (WI) Press, “Office Cat,” pg. 16, col. 3:
Nowadays nobody cares how bad your English is if your Scotch is good.

Google News Archive
16 February 1954, Windsor (Ontario) Daily Star, pg. 4, col. 6:
English vs. Scotch
(Toronto Star)
Nowadays nobody care how bad your English is as long as your Scotch is good.

Google News Archive
19 April 1954, Milwaukee (WI) Sentinel, “By the Way” with Charles House, pt. 2, pg. 1, col. 1:
A fellow we know says, “Nobody cares how bad your English is if your Scotch is good”—West Bend News.

9 March 1961, Boston (MA) Traveler, “Grist for the Gals” by Ed. O. Kay, pg. 31, col. 5:
It’s a fact: Few people care if your English is poor, just as long as your Scotch is good.

Google News Archive
20 April 1970, Windsor (Ontario) Star, pg. 35, col. 3:
No one care how bad your English is, if your SCOTCH is good.

Google Books
5,000 One and Two Liners for Any and Every Occasion
By Leopold Fechtner
West Nyack, NY: Parker Pub. Co.
1978
Pg. 90:
Nobody cares how bad your English is as long as your Scotch is good.

Google Books
You Can Win:
Winners don’t do different things, they do things differently:
A step-by-step tool for top achievers

By Shiv Khera
New Delhi, India: Macmillan
1998
Pg. 36:
Their motto is: “It doesn’t matter how bad your English is, as long as your Scotch is good.” If a banker asked them what their liquid assets are, they would bring two bottles of Scotch.

Twitter
Ewa Luvö
‏@Ewaluvan
Så är det! RT @missfunboard: It doesn’t matter how bad your English is, as long as your scotch is good… #whisky wink http://twitpic.com/83jmvw
9:24 AM - 5 Jan 12

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, February 18, 2013 • Permalink