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 May 20, 2017
“I’m not as think as you drunk I am”

"I’m not as think as you drunk I am”—a drunk “spoonerism” version of “I’m not as drunk as you think I am”—is a one-line saying that has been printed on many images. “John, hic—I ain’t so think as you drunk I am” was published in Humorous Tales of Bennington-on-the-Hill (1918). “REVELER—It’s all ri’, constable. I ‘sure you I’m not sho think as you drunk I am!” was published in Pearson’s Magazine in 1924 and was reprinted in many newspapers.

British poet and author J. C. Squire (1884-1958) wrote “But I’m not so think as you drunk I am” in ‘Ballade of Soporific Absorption’ (1931). Squire is frequently credited with the line, although he wasn’t the first to use it.


HathiTrust Digital Library
Humorous Tales of Bennington-on-the-Hill,
Collected and written for her sons and daughters by one who was born near the site of the old continental store house

By Richard Seymour.Bayhan
Cleveland, OH: Central publishing House
1918
Pg. 65:
Straightening himself up, he pointed at my father and replied, “John, hic—I ain’t so think as you drunk I am.”

26 January 1924, Mount Carmel (PA) Item, pg. 6, col. 2:
REVELER—It’s all ri’, constable. I ‘sure you I’m not sho think as you drunk I am!—Pearson’s Magazine.

2 April 1928, Every Evening (Wilmington, DE), pg. 6, col. 5:
“Tom Shay, I’m under the affluence of incahol! Well, I’m not as think as you drunk I am.”—America’s Humor.

Google Books
One Hundred & One Ballades
Cobden-Sanderson
1931
Pg. 91: 
And stable quite ill to see what’s what.
I under do stand you surprise a got
When I headed my smear with gooseberry jam:
And I’ve swallowed, I grant, a beer of lot —
But I’m not so think as you drunk I am.

Google Books
The Nonsensibus
Drawn by Dominic Bevan Wyndham Lewis
London: Methuen & Company, Ltd.
1936
Pg. 57:
And I said to him, ‘Sergeant, I’ll come like a lamb —
The floor it seems like a storm in a yacht,
But I’m not so think as you drunk I am.’

Google Books
2500 Anecdotes for All Occasions:
a new classified collection of the best anecdotes from ancient times to the present day

By Edmund Fuller
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
1961, ©1943
Pg. 8:
The young fellow, slightly green in the ways of the smart set, apologized to his hostess, explaining, “Though I may be slightly under the affluence of incohol, I’m not so think as you drunk I am.”

Twitter
Rob La Gesse‏
@kr8tr
I’m not as think as you drunk I am
4:04 PM - 18 Mar 2007

Twitter
Steve’s Quotes Today‏
@todayquotes
“But I’m not so think as you drunk I am.”
Sir J(ohn). C(ollings). Squire, wb 125 today
10:38 AM - 2 Apr 2007

Urban Dictionary
I’m not as think as you drunk I am.
A spoof, often on a t-shirt, of someone who is so drunk that they begin to confuse words in a sentence with other words, and switch their places, often after an all night party.
(...)
by Conman140069 January 05, 2010

Google Books
Oxford Treasury of Sayings and Quotations
Edited by Susan Ratcliffe
New York, NY: Oxford University Press
2011
Pg. 131:
But I’m not so think as you drunk I am.
J. C. Squire 1884–1958: ‘Ballade of Soporific Absorption’ (1931)

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