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. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from November 22, 2022
“If you are a supervisor at a soup kitchen, does that make you a soupervisor?”

"Soupervisor” (soup + supervisor) is a portmanteau that has been used since at least the 1960s. The poem ‘THE SOUPervisor” was printed in the Fort Lauderdale (FL) News on July 31, 1961. “She never had her ‘soupervisor’ in a stew” was printed in The Evening Sun (Hanover, PA) on September 5, 1967.

“Soupervisor: one who overseees the making of liquid food-stuffs” was posted on Twitter by Morton Benning on May 15, 2011. “I’m in charge of the stew section of a restaurant. . I’m a SOUPervisor” was posted on Twitter by Anon on December 14, 2011. “If you are a supervisor at a soup kitchen, does that make you a Soupervisor?” was posted on Twitter by Josh Angel 2099 on June 6, 2014. ”soupervisor An authority-figure --- such as a parent, older sibling/relative, school aide, etc. --- whose job it is to see that you ‘finish your stewed vegetables like a good little boy’” was entered in the Urban Dictionary on November 19, 2018.

“Stew, the Soupervisor” (shown on an image) was posted on Reddit—Bossfight on August 24, 2019. “What do you call a manager at a soup restaurant? Stew. He’s the soupervisor” was posted on Reddit—Dadjokes on November 23, 2022.


Newspapers.com
31 July 1961, Fort Lauderdale (FL) News, pg. 6, col. 2:
THE SOUPervisor
By VERNE TUCKER
(A soup poem.—ed.)

Newspapers.com
5 September 1967, The Evening Sun (Hanover, PA), “Happening in Pennsylvania” by Lee Linder, pg. 14, col. 2:
READ IN THE READING EAGLE: “A cafeteria worker who was on the job every day of her career at the Pennside School ha retired at the age of 83. She never had her ‘soupervisor’ in a stew.”

Newspapers.com
13 July 1969, Knoxville (TN) News-Sentinel, “Hardy’s Best Brew Is Chocolate Soup” by Dick Farnham, pg. D4, col. 4:
AUDRY HARDY
‘Soup-er-visor’

Twitter
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@RidiculousHuman
Or, given my choice of lunch… Soupervisor. #itsapunonwords
8:57 AM · Aug 10, 2010·Twitter SMS

Twitter
Morton Benning
@mortsfictionary
Soupervisor: one who overseees the making of liquid food-stuffs. #fb
12:09 AM · May 15, 2011·Twitter Web Client

Tweitter
Mandy Darling
@mandydarling
He is a consommé professional; working with him is a broth of fresh air. He’s my soupervisor.
9:03 PM · May 25, 2011 from Albany, CA·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Anon
@AdrianSurname
I’m in charge of the stew section of a restaurant. . I’m a SOUPervisor
1:04 PM · Dec 14, 2011·Mobile Web

Twitter
Lexi Boudreau
@LexBoudreau
My dad was watching my mom make soup, called himself the soupervisor
8:27 PM · Oct 15, 2013·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Josh Angel 2099
@DJJoshAngel
If you are a supervisor at a soup kitchen, does that make you a Soupervisor? #IWonder
8:36 AM · Jun 6, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
bdhdr 🛏
@bedheader_
...soup goes in the top
ive heard enough
...and comes out of a visor into your mouth
please stop
we call it “the soupervisor”
BRILLIANT
11:30 AM · Jun 10, 2014·Twitter for iPad

Twitter
Erl
@ErlandRyan
It’s my job to sit and watch over soup all day. I’m the soupervisor. #BadJokes
7:17 AM · Oct 23, 2014·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Becky Gotch
@BeckyGotch1
Hugh just asked me if I was going to be in charge of soup making. If I am I will be the ‘soupervisor’! #badjokehugh
5:01 PM · Nov 8, 2014·Twitter for iPad

Twitter
Cara Mazzi
@cara_mazzi
@missionsoup I hear you need a soupervisor. I am a pho-nomenal choice. I really heat things up. Why broth-er with anyone else? Stew on it.
4:26 PM · Feb 28, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Chris Serratops
@ChrisJSerra
If Campbell’s soup company doesn’t have a Soupervisor I’m gonna be upset
7:31 PM · Dec 14, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Urban Dictionary
soupervisor
An authority-figure --- such as a parent, older sibling/relative, school aide, etc. --- whose job it is to see that you “finish your stewed vegetables like a good little boy”.
(...)
by QuacksO November 19, 2018

Reddit—Bossfight
Posted by u/[deleted] August 24, 2019
Stew, the Soupervisor
i.imgur.com/A4P1PW…
(A photo is shown of “Stew.”—ed.)

iFunny
jovanna
29 nov 2021
stewpervisor
His name is Stew. He’s the soupervisor.

Twitter
MrJokeness-koolness
@MrKoolness
Who do you call to help you with a stew problem? The soupervisor #pleasedontunfollow
12:21 PM · Dec 6, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
👑Ridwanullah👑𓃵
@iam_Reedone
Imagine getting to this restaurant and there seems to be no attendant, I have to ask the Soupervisor for stew. 😎
4:18 AM · Dec 11, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
elon musk anti
@poopykim
what do you call the person who manages restaurants?
a soupervisor
2:46 PM · Dec 22, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Deweyoxberg
@Deweyoxberg
There’s a new employee at my favourite restaurant. Their name is Stew.
He’s the soupervisor.
8:40 PM · Feb 2, 2022·Twitter Web App

Twitter
🧡~Ashley~🖤
@TeachItAsh
There’s a guy I know, Stew, who works at my favorite restaurant in town.
He recently got promoted.
He’s the Soupervisor
5:43 PM · Feb 21, 2022·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Professor Chaos
@akaProfessorCha
Restaurants should definitely have a job called “Soupervisor.”
11:43 AM · Mar 30, 2022·Twitter Web App

Twitter
ጀለሥ 🇦🇷🇧🇷
@tbereketeab
You know what would be a good name for a restaurants and food review blog or business?
Soupervisor
4:51 AM · Jun 9, 2022·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Dark Sloth (evil)
@PunishedHavoc
If I had a soup restaurant I’d hire a man named Stew to be soupervisor
11:56 AM · Jul 18, 2022·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/Mmoro16 November 23, 2022
What do you call a manager at a soup restaurant?
Stew.
He’s the soupervisor.

Twitter
🤪Neil😊
@NeilsArsenal
What do you call a manager at a soup restaurant?
Stew
He’s the soupervisor 😂😂😂
8:12 AM · Nov 23, 2022·Twitter Web App

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