A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from May 18, 2017
“Apple: Nutritious lunchtime dessert which children will trade for cupcakes”

A jocular definition of an apple is:

“APPLE: Nutritious lunchtime dessert which children will trade for cupcakes.”

The jocular definition was posted to the newsgroup bit.listserv.down-syn in 1998 and possibly comes from the book The Mom Dictionary (1993) by Valerie McKeown and Chris Brethwaite.


OCLC WorldCat record
The mom dictionary
Author: Valerie McKeown; Chris Brethwaite
Publisher: Kansas City : Andrews and McMeel, ©1993.
Edition/Format: Print book : English

Google Groups: bit.listserv.down-syn
HUMOR: MOM’S DICTIONARY
Ralph & Judi Lowenthal
1/7/98
(...)
>APPLE: Nutricious lunchtime dessert which children will trade for cupcakes.

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
Dictionary for Moms
THE BIG PIG
2/3/98
(...)
APPLE:  Nutritious lunchtime dessert which children will trade for cupcakes.

Google Books
The World’s Best Bathroom Book:
An Inspirational Collection of Wit, Wisdom, Humor, and Fascinating Facts

By Honor Books
Colorado Springs, CO: Honor Books
2005
Pg. 118:
A-Z Dictionary for Moms
(...)
APPLE: Nutritious lunchtime dessert, which children will trade for cupcakes

Twitter
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@iGreenMonk
APPLE: Nutritious lunchtime dessert which children will trade for cupcakes.
#MOMDICTIONARY
9:30 PM - 22 Jan 2014

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david cordick‏
@decordick
Apple: Nutritious lunchtime dessert which children will trade for cupcakes.
3:07 PM - 17 Dec 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, May 18, 2017 • Permalink