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 December 17, 2017
“Sarcasm is the sour cream of wit”

"Sarcasm is the sour cream of wit” is a saying that has been printed on several images. It is usually listed as “author unknown.” Sour cream is a topping that adds to the flavor of many foods.

Encyclopedia Americana. Sarcasm—Sour cream of wit. Stevie ‘27” was printed in the Chicago (IL) Daily Tribune on November 26, 1926. “Sarcasm is the sour cream of wit.—Columbia (University—ed.) Jester” was printed in many newspapers in January 1927.

Other sarcasm remarks include “I love sarcasm. It’s like punching people in the face, but with words,” “I’m allergic to stupidity, so I break out in sarcasm,” “Sarcasm is just one more service we offer,” “Sarcasm is like a good game of chess. Most people don’t know how to play chess,” “Share sarcasm, not pizza” and “Some girls are made of sarcasm, wine, and everything fine.”


Wikipedia: Sour cream
Sour cream is a dairy product obtained by fermenting regular cream with certain kinds of lactic acid bacteria. The bacterial culture, which is introduced either deliberately or naturally, sours and thickens the cream. Its name comes from the production of lactic acid by bacterial fermentation, which is called souring.

26 November 1926, Chicago (IL) Daily Tribune, “In the Wake of the News,” pg. 25, col. 3:
Encyclopedia Americana.
Sarcasm—Sour cream of wit.
Stevie ‘27.

22 January 1927, Morning Register (Eugene, OR), pg. 5, col. 7:
Sarcasm is the sour cream of wit.—Columbia Jester.

30 January 1927, Trenton (NJ) Sunday Times-Advertiser, “College Humor,” magazine sec., pg. 1, col. 6:
Sarcasm is the sour cream of wit.—Columbia Jester.

Google Books
Speaker’s Handbook of Epigrams and Witticisms
By Herbert Victor Prochnow
New York, NY: Harper & Brothers
1955
Pg. 266:
SARCASM
Sarcasm is the sour cream of wit.

Google Groups: rec.humor
Yum Yum Yums #2SELECT
Simon Travaglia
4/22/92
(...)
(Sarcasm is the sour cream of wit.)

Twitter
Tracy Batwinas‏
@tracybatwinas
Curmudgeon Quotes:
Sarcasm is the sour cream of wit.
Author Unknown Quotes I love mankind - it’s people I ca.. http://tinyurl.com/7p7spc
10:22 AM - 11 Jan 2009

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ChrisFixedKitty‏
@chrisfixedkitty
QOTD: “Sarcasm is the sour cream of wit.” -Internet anonymous, so is satire the beef stroganoff of wit? Mrmmm, stroganoff....
12:25 PM - 13 Feb 2009

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Kim Ciaramella‏
@kimciaramella
Sarcasm is the sour cream of wit.  ~Author Unknown
7:25 PM - 30 Jun 2009

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MediaSpurt‏
@MediaSpurt
@ScottAdamsSays If sarcasm is the sour cream of wit then 1/3 of the population on Twitter is lactose intolerant.
12:45 PM - 30 Sep 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, December 17, 2017 • Permalink