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 October 12, 2019
Nervous Nellie (Nervous Nelly)

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wiktionary: nervous Nellie
Noun
nervous Nellie
(plural nervous Nellies)
1. (informal) A person whose personality and behavior are characterized by worry, insecurity, and timidity.

(Oxford English Dictionary)
Nervous Nellie n.  [popularized by use in U.S. politics, especially as applied to Frank B. Kellogg (1856–1937), U.S. politician.] slang (chiefly U.S.) an overly timid, cautious, or fearful person; one who fusses unnecessarily.
1925 N.Y. Herald Tribune 18 Jan. ii. 1/5 [Kellogg] was labeled ‘Nervous Nellie’ by those who were irritated at his maneuvering during the League of Nations fight.
1967 Canadian 2 Sept. 13 They’re window washers and theirs is not a job for nervous nellies.

Newspapers.com
24 December 1905, Boston (MA) Sunday Globe, “Household Department,” pg. 31, col. 2:
Nervous Nellie.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWorkers/People • Saturday, October 12, 2019 • Permalink