A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 07, 2017
“What do you call a rich elf?"/"Welfy.”

An elf riddle is:

Q: What do you call a rich elf?
A: Welfy (wealthy).


The riddle has been cited in print since at least 2003.


14 December 2003, Green Bay (WI) Press-Gazette, “Sites of the Season” by Erin Chan, pg. D-1, col.1:
Q. How do you describe a rich elf?
A. Welfy.

Google Groups: uk.people.silversurfers
cracker joke
Rabbit
12/15/04
(...)
Q: How do you describe a rich elf?
A: Welfy.

The Escapist
Christmas Cracker Jokes.
Eagle Est1986
16 POSTED: 10 December 2008 3:52 am
(...)
How do you describe a rich elf?
Welfy

Rory’s Jokes
MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009
What do you call a rich elf?
Welfy!
POSTED BY RORY AT 10:37 AM

Twitter
CЯAIG THOMAS‏
@CraigThomas_
what do you call a rich elf? welfy. brilliant.
10:32 AM - 13 Nov 2009

Twitter
David Crank‏
@davidcrank
How do you describe a rich elf?
Welfy
10:45 PM - 10 Dec 2009

Google Books
Dick and Dom’s Christmas Jokes, Nuts and Stuffing!
By Dominic Wood and Richard McCourt
London, UK: Macmillan Children’s Books
2015
Pg. ?:
How do you describe a rich elf?
Welfy

Reddit—Dad Jokes
What do you call a rich elf? (self.dadjokes)
submitted November 5, 2016 by CalumMoo
Welfy

Twitter
Tracy Davidson‏
@tracydavidson27
Day 7 #ChristmasJokes countdown:
What do you call a rich elf?
Welfy!
2:07 AM - 7 Dec 2017

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