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 April 09, 2018
“What is the definition of ‘derange’?"/"De place where de cowboys ride.”

A cowboy riddle is:

Q: What is the definition of “derange”?
A: De place where de cowboys ride.


The “derange"/"the range” pun has been cited in print since at least 1991.


Google Books
The Public Speaker’s Joke Book
By Kevin Goldstein-Jackson
Kingswood, UK: Elliot Right Way Books
1991
Pg. 42:
Derange: de place where de cowboys ride home to.

Google Books
December 1991, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 82, col. 2:
Daffynition: Derange — de place where de cowboys ride. — John Peterman, Middletown, R.I.

Google Groups: rec.collecting.sport.football
NMBA: Pac/Sky/BL/Pinnacle
James Soe
10/30/95
(...)
DERANGE: A place where de cowboys ride.

Twitter
Kevyn_E_Emmye
@Kevyn_E_Emmye
What is the definition of “derange”? De place where de cowboys ride!
1:40 PM - 18 Dec 2009

Twitter
Nick Reyes
@visualimguide
Joke - Cow jokes: What is the definition of “derange”?  De place where de ... http://76k.com/j/mugjsy
2:55 PM - 5 Jan 2010

Google Books
Sensible Nonsense.. Frank’s Comic Pack:
Humour Pack Series

By Frank Paul
BookBaby
2014
Pg. ?:
“What is the definition of “"derange"”? De place where de cowboys ride!

Twitter
Lucky Score
@LuckyScoreNet
What is the definition of “derange”?
De place
where de cowboys ride!
#Joke from #CowJokes in #Jokes, #Humor and #Satire
10:30 AM - 9 Apr 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Monday, April 09, 2018 • Permalink