Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.
• “Grapefruit is a fruit named after a fruit” (12/14)
• “Skylines are bar charts of a city’s wealth” (12/14)
• “How does a cowboy start his day?"/"He reboots.” (12/14)
• “Damn, this year went by so fast I didn’t get a chance to lose weight” (12/14)
• “What do you call a computer mouse that swears?"/"A cursor.” (12/14)
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Above, Big Apple Corner at 54th Street and Broadway in Manhattan.
Above, John J. Fitz Gerald, from the Oct. 17, 1931, Turf Play, p. 7.
Listen to Robert Emmerich introduce "The Big Apple," a hit song from 1937. Music written by Bob and performed by Tommy Dorsey's Clambake Seven with Bob on piano. Lyrics written by Buddy Bernier and sung by Edythe Wright. Audio provided by Dorothy Emmerich.
This site is edited by Barry Popik.
The Big Apple. An etymological dictionary (over 22,000 entries) investigating the origins of American words, names, quotations and phrases, specializing in modern slang, neologisms, nicknames, acronyms, slogans, mottoes, proverbs, adages, idioms. aphorisms, riddles, puns and jokes. There are regional dictionaries of New York City, Florida, Oregon and Texas. Established 2004. A website by Barry Popik (etymologist "King of Dad Jokes and Oneliners").
Above, a cartoon representing the idea of the "big apple" from the 1920s. Click to see the full version.