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 August 25, 2013
U Suckers Missed Christmas ("USMC” backronym)

"U Suckers Miss(ed) Christmas” is a backronym (back acronym) of “USMC” (United States Marine Corps). “U Suckers Missed Christmas” has been cited in print since at least February 1991.

Other backronyms of “USMC” include “Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children,” “Uncle Sam’s Motorcycle Club,” “Uncle Sam’s Mountain Climbers,” “University of Science, Music and Culture,” “Unlimited Shit and Mass Confusion” and “U Signed the Motherfucking Contract.” Popular “Marine” backronyms include “Muscles Are Required, Intelligence Not Essential” and “My Ass Rides In Navy Equipment.”


25 February 1991, Miami (FL) Herald, “‘We’re all scared,” soldier’s mother says,” pg. 1B:
The joke among Aristondo’s fellow Marines then was that “USMC” meant “U Suckers Missed Christmas,” said Aristondo’s fiancee in Miami, Nikki Moustaki.

17 December 1992, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Reason to Hope: Military convoy amazes Somalis; troops see devastation up close” by Ed Timms:
... said Marine Sgt. Mark Movel, 29, who lives in Queens, NY: “U-Suckers-Missed Christmas again.”

27 December 1992, Chicago (IL) Sun-Times, “No Recess for Rosty As Subpoenas Served” by Theresa Walla, pg. 10:
“"USMC? It stands for You Suckers Miss Christmas.”

Time magazine
The Gift of Hope
By Lara Marlowe/Baidoa Monday, Dec. 28, 1992
(...)
USMC, they say, stands for “You Suckers Missed Christmas.”

Google Groups: rec.humor
Marine Jokes
Shelley McRoberts
3/24/96
USMC = Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children
USMC = U Suckers Missed Christmas

Google Books
Blue Star in My Window
By Catherine DePew
Xulon Press (XulonPress.com)
2007
Pg. 94:
I told Vanessa what Kenton said USMC meant: “You Suckers Miss Christmas”; and she laughed.

Gather
Joke - The battle of acronyms
by Army Man
May 05, 2008 02:09 PM EDT
(...)
MARINES:
Muscles Are Required Intelligence Not Essential
My Ass Rides In Navy Equipment, Sir!
My Ass Really Is Navy Equipment

Uncle Sams Misguided Children (USMC)
U Suckers Missed Christmas (USMC)
Uncle Sam’s migrating Chimpanzees

Twitter
Maddy Augustineā€
@MaddyAugustine3
USMC - u suckers missed Christmas
2:18 AM - 5 Dec 12

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Sunday, August 25, 2013 • Permalink