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 September 02, 2015
Nervous Pudding (jello)

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14 May 1920, Seattle (WA) Daily Times, “Bright Sayings of Children,” pg. 23, col. 2:
Carol, aged 5, was enjoying a dish of jello. Noticing it was rather wriggly she exclaimed: “My, but this is nervous pudding.”—F. M. F.

2 March 1936, Cleveland (OH) Plain Dealer, “Soda Jerkers Dish Up Fancy Idioms” (AP), pg. 8, col. 8:
Water may be designated as “city cocktail,” “city juice,” “dog soup,” “Hudson River ale,” “Potomac phosphate,” “Lake Michigan straight” or “tin roof,” and jelly may be descriptively termed “nervous pudding, “shimmering Liz” or “shimmy.”

2 July 1943, San Francisco (CA) Chronicle, “Will Connolly Says,” pg. 1H, col. 7:
he staggers you with statistics like 70,000 stalks of asparagus at one sitting, tons of potatoes, millions of slices of bread and tanks of nervous pudding, which he interprets as Pearl Harbor for gelatin.

10 August 1950, Evansville (IN) Courier, “Broadway” by Jack Lait, pg. 10, col. 3:
More counterman slang:
“Nervous pudding—Jello.

18 April 1979, Washington (DC) Star, pg. D-10, col. 1:
Dinering out: These terms are used in American diners: “Adam and Eve on a raft” (poached eggs on toast), “clean up in the kitchen” (hash), “nervous pudding” (Jell-O).

Unravel Magazine
The Delicious Guide to Diner Lingo
by Daniel Adler on September 1, 2015
Nervous Pudding Jello

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