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.

Recent entries:
“Greeks can’t play soccer well because every time they get a corner, they open a shop” (6/20)
“In the recipe of life, doubt makes an excellent ingredient, but a lousy meal” (6/20)
Entry forthcoming—B.P. (6/20)
“No one who can rise before dawn three hundred sixty days a year fails to make his family rich” (6/20)
Entry forthcoming—B.P. (6/20)
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OAMC (Once-A-Month Cooking)

"Obedience is not patriotism"

"Obesity is probably the only disease where a run for the cure will actually cure it"

Obie Award

Oblication (obligation + vacation)

Oblivobesity (obliviousness + obesity)

Obscene Profit Timeout (commercial)

Obsessive Coffee Disorder (OCD)

"Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal"

Occupier (Occupy Wall Street participant)

Occupocalypse (Occupy Wall Street + apocalypse)

Occutard (Occupy Wall Street + retard)

"OCD -- Obsessive Cycling Disorder"

Ocean Meat (seafood)

Octaper (October + taper)

October Surprise

Odessan (inhabitant of Odessa)

Odessa (summary)

"Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships"

Office Cheapo (Office Depot nickname)

Office Despot (Office Depot nickname)

Officialdom

Official Bird of New York City (middle finger; pigeon)

Off-Off Broadway

"Off the reservation"

"Off the table" (something non-negotiable)

Off Topic: Charles Gillett on Conventions

Off-Track Betting (OTB) & "Go, Baby, Go!"

"Often in error, but never in doubt" ("Often wrong, but never in doubt")

"Of all my body parts, my eyes get the most exercise, I do at least a thousand eye rolls every day"

"Of all the things that 'taste like chicken', eggs are ironically not one of them"

"Of all the utensils invented to eat rice with, how did two sticks win?"

"Of course carrot cake is healthy, 60% of its name contains carrot"

"Of course it's heavy, that's why they call it weight"

"Of course I talk to myself. Sometimes I need expert advice"

"Of course size matters. No one likes a small pizza"

"Of course women don't work as hard as men. They get it right the first time"

"Oh, I'm glad I'm not a turkey"

"Oh my God, a talking muffin!" (joke)

"Oh my God, a talking sausage!" (joke)

"Oh my God, how can you drink straight orange juice first thing in the morning?"

Oh Shoot, Here Again (Occupational Safety & Health Administration or OSHA nickname)

"Oh, we must be in Pasadena!"

"Oh, you're straight? Well, so is spaghetti until it gets hot and wet"

Oilpocalypse (oil + apocalypse)

Oil Bowl (Maskat Oil Bowl at Wichita Falls)

"Okey-dokey, artichokey" ("Okie-dokie, artichokie")

Oklahoma: Diet Texas (nickname)

Oklahoma Guarantee

Oklahoma Oysters

Okrahoma (Oklahoma nickname)

Okratini (Okra + Martini)

O.K. Bolt (tapioca pudding)

"OK" Sign (Ballantine Beer & Pizza Box Chef use)

Oldest Profession (prostitution)

Oldest Town in Texas (Nacogdoches nickname)

"Oldie but goodie"

"Old accountants never die -- they just lose their balance"

"Old bankers never die -- they just lose interest"

"Old bowlers never die — they just end up in the gutter"

Old College Try

"Old cooks never die, they just get deranged"

"Old deans never die—they just lose their faculties"

"Old doughnut makers never die, they just get tired of the whole business"

"Old fishermen never die -- they just lose their bobbers"

"Old fishermen never die -- they just smell that way"

"Old frisbee players never die -- they just end up on the roof"

Old Glory Corner (Fifth Avenue and 16th Street)

"Old golfers never die -- they just lose their balls"

"Old golfers never die -- they just lose their drive"

"Old Italian chefs never die -- they're just put out to pasta"

"Old journalists never die, they just get de-pressed"

"Old lawyers never die -- they just lose their appeal"

Old Maid (unpopped corn kernel)

"Old mathematicians never die -- they just lose some of their functions"

"Old math teachers never die -- they just become irrational"

"Old money whispers, new money shouts"

"Old people shouldn't eat health foods; they need all the preservatives they can get"

"Old skiers never die -- they just go downhill"

Old Sparky (electric chair)

Old Swampy (New Orleans nickname)

"Old teachers never die -- they just lose their class"

"Old ways won't open new doors"

Old World Order (old + New World Order): OWO

Old World Wine

Old York Times (New York Times nickname)

Oleander City (Galveston nickname)

Olive Gardener (Olive Garden customer or employee)

Olive Oil Sommelier (Oleologist)

"Olive who?/"Olive you!" (knock-knock joke)

"Olympia, WA" (1995) ("52nd and Broadway" lyric)

Olympics (NYC 2012), the Big Apple, and the "Public Advocate" disgrace

"'Onced' and 'twiced' are words"

"Once a billionaire, always a billionaire"

"Once a Dodger, Always a Dodger"

"Once a Marine, always a Marine"

"Once is happenstance; twice is coincidence; the third time it's enemy action"

"Once they see you doing better without them, that's when they want you back"

"Once you're over the hill, you begin to pick up speed"

"Once you are in Texas it seems to take forever to get out, and some people never make it"

"Once you get Florida sand in your shoes, you never want to leave"

"Once you get rid of integrity, the rest is a piece of cake" (J.R. on Dallas tv series)

"Once you go craft, you never go back" (craft beer adage)

"Once you lick frosting off a cupcake, it becomes a muffin"

"Once you realize you don't need a special occasion to buy cake, a second part of your life begins"

One-Armed Economist (who doesn't say "on the other hand")

"One 'aw, shit' wipes out a thousand 'attaboys'"

"One bite means a binge"

"One book that always has a sad ending is a check book"

One Chatham Square (beef stew)

One Chatham Square (beef stew)

"One client at a time" (Morgan Stanley)

"One day, I'll solve my problems with maturity. Today. it's with alcohol"

"One day...I'm gonna make the onions cry"

"One day I want to be 'Let’s Just Take My Helicopter' rich"

"One day of practice is like one day of clean living. It ain't gonna help"

"One does not simply have 'one' pancake"

"One finds limits by pushing them"

One-Food Wonder

"One for the money, two for the show, three to make ready, and four to go"

"One from column A, one from column B" (Chinese menu ordering)

"One game doesn't define a season"

One-Hour Fuel (dry weeds and grass)

"One is scared and the other is glad of it"

"One man's chicken shit is another man's chicken salad"

"One man's mob is another man's democracy"

"One man's pork is another man's bacon"

"One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter"

"One more drink and I'd have been under the host!"

"One of my chief regrets is that I couldn't sit in the audience and watch me act"

"One of the greatest sources of energy is pride in what we are doing"

"One-One was a racehorse..." (tongue twister)

One PP or Puzzle Palace (One Police Plaza)

"One reason why I don't drink is because I wish to know when I am having a good time"

"One right and honest definition of business is mutual helpfulness"

"One Riot -- One Ranger" (Texas Rangers)

"One shot, meat in the pot" (hunting saying)

"One son went to sea and one became vice president; neither was ever heard of again"

"One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, Floor!"

"One test is worth a thousand expert opinions"

"One thing you can give and still keep is your word"

"One time a windshield wiper will work properly is when it's holding a parking ticket"

"One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress"

One World Government (OWG)

"Onion rings and french fries are deep fried binary"

"Onion rings are vegetable donuts"

Onion Ring Tower (Towering Onion Rings)

"Only accountants can save the world -- through peace, goodwill and reconciliations"

"Only angry people win football games"

"Only angry people win football games"

"Only as the power of persuasion replaces the persuasion of power can collective bargaining..."

"Only a buzzard feeds on its friends"

"Only a fool argues with a skunk, a mule, or a cook"

"Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living"

"Only a surfer knows the feeling"

Only city with a foreign policy (politicians visiting Israel and Puerto Rico)

"Only dead fish go with the flow"

Only in New York

"Only in New York" (2002)

"Only newcomers and fools predict the weather in Texas"

"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone"

"Only Robinson Crusoe had all his work done by Friday"

Only the little people pay taxes (attributed to Leona Helmsley)

"Only the paranoid survive" (internet adage)

Only the Strong Survive (Bronx, Brooklyn, or NYC slogan)

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly"

"Only two things that money can't buy -- that's true love and homegrown tomatoes"

"Onward Thru the Fog" or "Onward Through the Fog" (Oat Willie's of Austin)

"On any given Sunday" ("On any given Saturday")

"On Broadway" (1963)

"On earth, as it is in Austin"

"On economics tests, the questions are the same every year -- only the answers change"

"On Line" (not "in line")

"On Mondays, I feel like I need coffee injected directly into my veins"

"On Mondays, I feel like I need coffee injected directly into my veins"

"On Monday mornings I am dedicated to the proposition that all men are created jerks"

"On Saturdays we wear pajamas"

"On Sundays, my coffee is recreational. As opposed to weekdays, when it's medicinal"

“On Thanksgiving Day all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment—halftime"

"On Thanksgiving Day all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment — halftime"

"On Thanksgiving, what's always in the middle of the table?"/"The letter B."

"On the 6" (1999) & "Jenny from the Block" (2002)

"On the 8th day God created Texas"

On the Border by the Sea (Brownsville slogan)

"On the eighth day God created coffee so that people like me could experience the other seven days"

"On the fence"

"On the internet you can be whoever you want. It's strange that so many people choose to be stupid"

"On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key"

"On the money"

"On the other side of fear lies freedom"

On the Rocks (served over ice)

"On the same page" (teamwork saying)

"On the table" (something negotiable or for discussion)

"On the wagon" ("Off the wagon")

"On this site in 1897, nothing happened"

"On what kind of ships do students study?"/"Scholarships."

OOPS (United Parcel Service or UPS nickname)

Open House New York

"Open Mike Night sounded fun, but then we got to the morgue"

"Open the garage, here comes the car!" (opening a child's mouth for food)

"Open the hangar, here comes the airplane!" (opening a child's mouth for food)

"Open the oven, take a look; first to complain is next week's cook"

"Open the tunnel, here comes the train!" (opening a child's mouth for food)

Operation American Spring (#AmericanSpring)

Operation Chaos

Operation Twist (Operation Nudge)

"Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings"

OpEx (Operational Expenditure)

"Opinions are like assholes -- everybody's got one"

"Opinions are like orgasms -- mine matters most, and I don't care if you have one"

Opiniotainment (opinion + entertainment)

Opinutainment (opinion + education + entertainment)

OPM (Other People's Money)

"Opportunities always look bigger going than coming"

"Trading opportunities are like buses; if you miss one, another will come along soon"

"Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them"

"Opportunities, like eggs, come one at a time"

"Opportunities, like eggs, must be hatched when they are fresh"

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work"

"Opportunity knocks only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell"

"Opportunity never knocks twice"

"Optimistic people want to hear the bad news first. Realists just start drinking"

Op-Ed (opposite editorial)

Orange County (orange soda and vanilla ice cream)

Orange Heads or Orangeheads (UT Longhorns fans)

"Orange in the Apple" (Syracuse University Orange slogan in the Big Apple)

"Orange juice got the nickname 'OJ,' but apple juice didn't get the nickname 'AJ'"

Orange Julius & Orange Juice Gulch

"Orange you glad I didn't say banana?" (knock-knock joke)

Ball Orchard (Big Ball Orchard in the South Bronx = Yankee Stadium)

Orchid Show (New York Botanical Garden)

"Ordered stuff using my donor card instead of my debit card. Cost me an arm and a leg"

Order Sniping (prank)

"Oregonians don't tan, they rust"

Oregonian (inhabitant of Oregon)

Oregon, Things Look Different Here (Oregon slogan)

Oregon, We Love Dreamers (Oregon slogan)

Oregon, You're More Than Welcome (Oregon slogan)

Oregroanian (The Oregonian newspaper nickname)

Orejas (Mexican pastry "ears")

Oreo

"Organic chemistry is difficult. Those who study it have alkynes of trouble"

Organic Tanking

Organized Team Activity (OTA)

Orient Express, or International Line (7 train)

Original New York Seltzer (from California)

Original Six (six oldest NHL teams)

Origin of "Badger" (Wisconsin nickname)

Origin of “Boomer”/"Sooner" (Oklahoma nickname) - summary

Origin of "Buckeye" (Ohio nickname)

Origin of "Canuck" ("Johnny Canuck") - summary

Origin of "Gopher" (Minnesota nickname)

Origin of "Hawkeye" (Iowa nickname)

Origin of "Hoosier" (Indiana nickname)

Origin of “Jayhawk” (Kansas nickname) - summary

Origin of "Sucker" (Illinois nickname)

Origin of “Tar Heel” (North Carolina nickname) - summary

Origin of "Wolverine" (Michigan nickname)

Widows and Orphans (newspaper terminology)

Orphan Train

Oscars of Architecture (Architizer's A+ Awards)

Oscars of Street Food (Vendy Awards nickname)

Oscars of the East Coast (Met Gala nickname)

Oscars of the Plus Industry (Full Figured Fashion Week nickname)

Oscar (Academy Award)

Osgood Pie (Oh-So-Good Pie; Allgood Pie)

Ostionera (Ostioneria)

Ostrich Economics

"Other states were carved or born, Texas grew from hide and horn" (Berta Hart Nance)

"Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?"

OTM (Other Than Mexican)

Otto (football linebacker position)

"Our aim is to keep this restroom clean. Your aim will help" (men's restroom sign)

"Our comedies are not to be laughed at"

"Our Constitution protects aliens, drunks and United States senators"

"Our credit manager is Helen Waite. If you want credit, go to Helen Waite."

"Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind"

"Our five senses are incomplete without the sixth -- a sense of humor"

"Our food is fresh. Our customers are spoiled." (FreshDirect)

"Our friendship is like a cup of tea...a special blend of you and me"

Our Lady of New York

"Our Lager, which art in barrels, hallowed be thy drink..."

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"

"Our most important assets go home every night" (employee-intensive business slogan)

"Our office just got a new conference table -- it sleeps 16"

"Our phones fall, we panic. Our friends fall, we laugh"

Our Savior Has Arrived (Occupational Safety & Health Administration or OSHA nickname)

"Our tongue sandwiches speak for themselves" (deli/restaurant sign)

Outdoor Capital of Texas (Buda nickname)

OuterB or Outerb (Outer Borough)

Outer Boroughs

Outhouse Steakback (Outback Steakhouse nickname)

"Out in left field" ("Out of left field")

"Out like a fat kid in dodgeball"

"Out of my mind -- back in five minutes" (office door sign)

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

"Out of the mouths of babes does often come cereal"

"Out to lunch"

"Out where the buses don't run"

"Overbought can become more overbought" (Wall Street adage)

Overland Trout (bacon)

"Overnight is a long time in politics; a week is forever"

"Oversold can become more oversold" (Wall Street adage)

"Overweight is something that sort of snacks up on you"

"Over 18 Miles of Books" (Strand Book Store)

Over For America (Organizing For America or OFA nickname)

"Over Night Or Over Time" (Alex Hotel)

Owners' Box or Owner's Box (Texas House gallery where lobbyists sit)

"Owning a funeral home means you go back to work after you die"

"Owning the Yankees is like owning the Mona Lisa" (George Steinbrenner)

"Own your age in bonds"

Oxford English Dictionary "Big Apple" definition (September 2008)

"Oxygen and Magnesium walk into a bar..." (bar joke)

"Oxygen, Hydrogen, Sulfur, Sodium, and Phosphorus walk into a bar..." (bar joke)

Ox Eyes (Ojos de Buey) or Eggs in Hell (Eggs in Purgatory)

Oysters Bienville

Oysters Bienville

"Oysters have always been on my shuck-it list"

Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Suzette

Oysters Suzette

Oysters Texasfeller

Oyster and Artichoke Soup (Artichoke and Oyster Soup)

Oyster Bar

Oyster Nachos

"Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms"

Oyster Pan Roast

Oyster Stew (Christmas Eve Oyster Stew)

Ozone Parker (inhabitant of Ozone Park, Queens)

Oz Prize or Ozzie (Asia Society journalism award)