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 20, 2019
Attaboy

Entry in progress—B.P.

(Oxford English Dictionary)
attaboy, int.
Etymology: Said to represent careless pronunciation of that’s the boy! (boy n.1 3b).
slang (chiefly U.S.).
An exclamation expressive of encouragement or admiration.
1909 Amer. Mag. May 40/2 Back of Chance’s war cries, ‘At-a-boy’, or ‘Now ye’re pitching’, may be hidden a whole command to his team.
1917 C. Mathewson Second Base Sloan xxii. 298 ‘Ata boy!’ called the Damascus catcher.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Friday, September 20, 2019 • Permalink


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