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 28, 2016
“Karma is a bitch”

Entry in progress—B.P.

OCLC WorldCat record
Karma’s a bitch : a novel
Author: Shannon Esposito
Publisher: [Florida] : Misterio Press, [2011] ©2011
Series: A Pet psychic mystery, [1]
Edition/Format: Print book : Fiction : English

,a href="http://www.worldcat.org/title/karma-is-a-bitch/oclc/899146872&referer=brief_results">OCLC WorldCat record
Karma is a Bitch
Author: Katrin Knecht
Publisher: Norderstedt Books on Demand 2014
Edition/Format: Print book : German : 1. Aufl

Stack Exchnge—English Language & Usage
Why is karma a bitch?
(...)
Charles Doyle, Wolfgang Mieder & Fred Shapiro, The [Yale] Dictionary of Modern Proverbs (2012) gives a first occurrence date for “Karma is a bitch” of 1995, suggesting that this saying is very young:

Karma is a bitch.
1995 Hollywood Reporter 7 Aug.: “Hello? Hello? HELLO? Nobody answers ... Did somebody say Tommy on line 2? Karma is a bitch” (ellipsis dots and capitalization as shown). ... Cf. “PAYBACK is a bitch” and “LIFE is a bitch.”


In the Dictionary of Modern Proverbs, “Payback is a bitch” has a first cited occurrence from 1970, and “Life is a bitch” has a first cited occurrence from 1940 (and subsequent variations “Life is a bitch and then you die” [1982] and “Life is a bitch and then you marry one” [1987]). It’s unclear whether “Payback is a bitch” is an outgrowth of “Life is a bitch,” but I think it’s likely, given the similarity in their focus on retribution, that “Karma is a bitch” is a mutation of “Payback is a bitch.”

answered Jul 25 ‘15 at 21:10
Sven Yargs

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