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 20, 2017
“Where can you always find money?"/"In the dictionary.”

A popular money riddle is:

Q: Where can you always find money?
A: In the dictionary.


Versions of the riddle have been cited in print since at least 1908 and 1913.


15 October 1908, The Kentucky Post (Covington, KY), pg. 4, col. 3:
There’s no consolation for the man who is broke to known that he can find “money” under “M” in the dictionary.

Chronicling America
9 March 1913, San Francisco (CA) Sunday Call, magazine sec., pg. 9, col. 7:
They Wanted to Know
“My brodders,” said a waggish colored man to a crowd, “in all inflictions, in all ob your troubles, dar is one place you can always find money and sympathy.”

“Whar? Whar?” shouted several.

“In de dictionary,” he replied, rolling his eyes skyward.

Chronicling America
29 May 1914, Topeka (KS) Daily State Journal, pg. 4, col. 4:
POINTED PARAGRAPHS.
[From the Chicago News.]
It’s easy to find money—in a dictionary.

8 November 1914, Macon (GA) Daily Telegraph, pg. 7, col. 7 ad:
YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND MONEY
in the dictionary. But to save money, invest in a tailored suit. It is economy itself.
SIG B. ROSER
Your Tailor

Google Books
January 1915, The Practical Druggist (New York, NY), pg. 41, col. 2:
You may always find “money” in the dictionary.

23 June 1933, The Times of India (Mumbai, India), pg. 15, col. 7:
Where can you always find money?—In the dictionary.

Google Books
Biggest Riddle Book in the World
By Joseph Rosenbloom
Illustrations by Joyce Behr
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1976
Pg. 22:
Where can you always find money?
In the dictionary.

Google Books
Laughs, Hoots & Giggles
By Joseph Rosenbloom
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1984
Pg. 20:
Where can you always find money?
In the dictionary.

Twitter
sharron_piedrah‏
@sharron_piedrah
Where can you always find money? In the dictionary.
3:34 PM - 16 Sep 2009

Google Books
Srsly Best Jokes Ever:
Jokes for Kids

By Chantelle Grace
Racine, WI: BroadStreet Kids
2017
Pg. ?:
Where can you always find money?
In the dictionary.

Reddit—Dad Jokes
Where can you always find money? (self.dadjokes)
submitted December 20, 2017 by dj_techguy
In the dictionary!

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Wednesday, December 20, 2017 • Permalink