• “I bought a knife that can cut through four loaves of bread at once. It’s a four loaf cleaver” (4/4)
• “Why did the cannibal die of COVID-19?"/"Too many handshakes.” (4/4)
• “Social distancing is boring. ‘Exiled for the good of the realm’ sounds much more interesting” (4/4)
• “Quarantine Day 20: Today, I melted an ice cube with my mind by just staring at it” (4/4)
• Entry forthcoming (4/4)
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Above, John J. Fitz Gerald, from the Aug. 15, 1931, Binghamton (NY) Press, pg. 14.
Listen to Robert Emmerich introduce "The Big Apple," a hit song from 1937. Music written by Bob and performed by Tommy Dorsey's Clambake Seven with Bob on piano. Lyrics written by Buddy Bernier and sung by Edythe Wright. Audio provided by Dorothy Emmerich.
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The Big Apple. An etymological dictionary (over 23,000 entries) investigating the origins of American words, names, quotations and phrases, specializing in modern slang, neologisms, nicknames, acronyms, slogans, mottoes, proverbs, adages, idioms. aphorisms, blessings, toasts, riddles, puns, jokes and memes. There are regional dictionaries of New York City, Florida, Oregon and Texas. Established 2004. A website by Barry Popik (etymologist "King of Dad Jokes and Oneliners").