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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“How come if ants are always so busy they always get time to show up at picnics?” (1/19)
“Why did the suicidal chicken cross the road?"/"To get to the other cyanide.” (1/19)
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The Big Apple. An etymological dictionary (over 18,000 entries) investigating the origins of American words, names, quotations and phrases, specializing in modern slang, neologisms, nicknames, acronyms, slogans, mottoes, proverbs, adages, idioms. aphorisms, riddles, puns and jokes. 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").


Above, the header from the 1924 newspaper column of John J. Fitz Gerald. Click to see a portion of the column which includes his use of "Big Apple." Part of a 1926 column is also available.


Above, a cartoon representing the idea of the "big apple" from the 1920s. Click to see the full version.

SUMMARY: "Why is New York called the Big Apple?"