"Eat the apple, (and/but) fuck the Corps” is a Marine Corps saying from someone who is critical of the Corps. “Eat the apple and fuck the Corps” has been cited in print since at least 1973.
Unofficial, Unabridged Dictionary for Marines
Eat the Apple, Fuck the Corps.
A phrase used by Marines to express their displeasure with the Marine Corps. Usually mouthed by someone about to leave the Corps or by a Marine who has endured a perceived injustice.
By William Turner Huggett
New York, NY: Putnam
EAT THE APPLE AND FUCK THE CORPS.
A Rumor of War
By Philip Caputo
New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston
Another marine, reeling on his feet, raised his beer glass. “Tell him, Moe. Tell him. Eat the apple and fuck the Corps.”
The End of the Line:
The Siege of Khe Sanh
By Robert Pisor
New York, NY: Ballantine Books
Dabney in Vietnam could read “Eat the apple; Fuck the Corps!” scrawled on a Marine private’s flak jacket — and laugh.
Long Time Passing:
Vietnam and the Haunted Generation
By Myra MacPherson
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
“Eat the apple, fuck the Corps,” they’d say.
As I Was Saying
By Lynn Ashby
Austin, TX: Texas Monthly Press
Finally there is the short but sweet “Eat the apple and to hell with the Corps.”
American Fighting Words & Phrases Since the Civil War
By Paul Dickson
Washington, DC: Brassey’s
Eat the apple, fuck the Corps. A Marine expression of anger; a play on “Corps” and “apple core.”
06-25-10, 07:08 AM
There’s some oldies but goodies in this thread.I was in in 77-81 and remember FTS, eat the apple but,"F" the Corps.
Eat the Apple Fuck the Corps 235 Years of Murder Don’t Wish Me a Happy Birthday http://j.mp/gydAO2 (via Instapaper) #tlot #tcot
1:55 AM - 2 Apr 11
Get home from work, have to be back in less than 12 hours. Amazing. Eat the apple, fuck the Corps.
3:56 PM - 9 Dec 13 from Jacksonville, NC
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