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 October 12, 2016
“How does a French woman hold her liquor?"/"By the ears.”

"Liquor” sounds like “licker,” and there’s a a sex pun that was cited in the newsgroup rec.humor on October 24, 1990:

Q: How does a women hold her liquor?
A: By the ears.


“How does a blonde hold her liquor?” was listed in the “Canonical List of Blonde Jokes” on rec.humor on August 31, 1993. “How does a Frenchwoman hold her liquor?” was included in a 1995 book.


Google Groups: rec.humor
Funky stuff - part 73
Henry Cate V
10/24/90
Q: How does a women hold her liquor?
A: By the ears.

Google Groups: rec.humor
Canonical List of Blonde Jokes (was Largest List of Blonde Jokes)
Belding, Troy C.
8/31/93
(...)
Q:  How does a blonde hold her liquor?
A:  By the ears.

Google Groups: rec.humor
blondes
Donovan Williams
6/4/94
(...)
Q:  How does a blonde hold her liquor?
A:  By the ears.

Google Books
English as a Second F*cking Language:
How to Swear Effectively, Explained in Detail with Numerous Examples from Everyday Life

By Sterling Johnson
New York, NY: St. Martin’s Griffin
1995
Pg. 72:
Q: How does a Frenchwoman hold her liquor?
A: By the ears.

Straight Dope Message Boards
Most well-known sex joke?
Askance
10-14-2007, 09:14 PM
How does a French woman hold her liquor?
By the ears.

Google Books
The Ultimate Book of Blonde, Brunette, and Redhead Jokes
By James Buffington
Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press
2010
Pg. 158:
How does a brunette hold her liquor?
By the ears.

Google Books
The Biggest Joke Book Ever
By Jack Jacoby
Victoria, BC: Trafford Publishing
2012
Pg. 172:
How does a blonde hold her liquor? By the ears.

Reddit
How does a French lady hold her liquor?
submitted November 19, 2014 by mattp029
By the ears

Reddit
What’s the best way a lady can hold her liquor?
submitted October 12, 2016 by deucemob
By the ears.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, October 12, 2016 • Permalink