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 August 20, 2019
“Hard drinker? Drinking’s one of the easiest things to do”

People who drink alcohol are “hard” drinkers (as opposed to those who like “soft” drinks). A classic joke was printed in the New York City humor magazine Puck on September 18, 1895:

The Philanthropist—In giving you that quarter, sir, I’m afraid I’ve befriended a hard drinker.
The Beneficiary—You’re mistaken this time, sir; drinking is one of the easiest things I do.



15 September 1895, Kansas City (MO) Star, pg. 12, col. 6:
Groundless Fears.
From Puck.
The Philanthropist—In giving you that quarter, sir, I’m afraid I’ve befriended a hard drinker.
The Beneficiary—You’re mistaken this time, sir; drinking is one of the easiest things I do.

Google Books
18 September 1895, Puck (New York, NY), pg. 70, col. 1 illustration:
GROUNDLESS FEARS.
THE PHILANTHROPIST.—In giving you that quarter, sir, I’m afraid I’ve befriended a hard drinker.
THE BENEFICIARY.—You’re mistaken this time, sir; drinking is one of the easiest things I do.

22 July 2001, New York (NY) Times, “At a ‘Crazy Little Theater,’ Mixing Bessie Smith and Penguins” by Alvin Klein, pg. WE12, col. 3:
Sample: “They say I’m a hard drinker, but it’s one of the easiest things I do.”

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* Ever hear the expression “hard drinker” ? Never made much sense to me, drinking’s one of the easiest things in the world to do.

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Ever hear the expression “hard drinker” ? Never made much senseto me, drinking’s one of the easiest things in the world to do.
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Ever hear the expression “hard drinker” ? Never made much sense to me, drinking’s one of the easiest things in the world to do.
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Ever hear the expression “hard drinker” ? Never made much sense to me, drinking’s one of the easiest things in the world to do

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Ever hear the expression “hard drinker?” It never made much sense to me,“ said paddy “drinking’s one of the easiest things in the world to do.”
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