The blog “Queens Crap” began in December 2006, with this stated purpose: “A website focused on the overdevelopment and ‘tweeding’ of the borough of Queens in the City of New York.”
The word comes from the name of William M. ("Boss") Tweed (1823-1878), a symbol of a corrupt New York City government official and a political boss. “Tweeding” is also a method of sewing, but that is not implied in the New York usage.
Wikipedia: William M. Tweed
William M. Tweed (April 3, 1823 – April 12, 1878), sometimes informally called Boss Tweed, was an American politician who was convicted for stealing over 100 million dollars from New York City taxpayers through political corruption and died in jail on April 12th 1878. Tweed was head of Tammany Hall, the Democratic Party political machine that played a major role in the politics of 19th century New York.
Pull a Tweed
to trick, decieve or prank: a Refrence to Burly Boss Tweed, a 19th century gangster who rigged elections and stole more than $200 million from the City of NY
Nash tried to pull a Tweed on Dmitri by making him think he owed money to Nash.
by Clemenza New Jersey Apr 7, 2006
Living Creatively - Glossary
Tweeding is a method of sewing, or embroidery using two or more colours of thread in the needle at the same time.
A website focused on the overdevelopment and “tweeding” of the borough of Queens in the City of New York
18 October 1928, Christian Science Monitor, pg. 4:
Portrait of Tammany in 1928 Shows It “Out-Tweeding Tweed”
CUNY Matters (Winter 1998)
The Tweeding of New York
Since 1871, the stereotype of Tweed as a hallmark of corruption has been repeated by authors, journalists, and media commentators...and has led to a kind of Tweeding of New York City as a civic den of iniquity.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
The final frontier
Development of the Rockaways may mean that people who live there may finally be serviced by the city. Or is the correct verb “tweeded?”
Friday, September 21, 2007
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