A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 10, 2011
New York Alphabet or Brooklyn Alphabet ("Fuckin’ A, fuckin’ B, fuckin’ C…")

New York City has long had a tough reputation, with the F-word frequently used, An old joke has it that the “New York alphabet” (or “Brooklyn alphabet” or “New Jersey alphabet") is: “Fuckin’ A, fuckin’ B, fuckin’ C...”

The “Brooklyn alphabet” joke has been cited in print since at least 1994, but the joke was spoken long before this time.


Urban Dictionary
New York Alphabet
Fuckin A, Fuckin B, Fuckin C, etc. To be used when spelling out a word to get your point across.
My name is Frank.
How do you spell that?
Here I’ll use the New York Alphabet. Fuckin F, Fuckin R, Fuckin A, Fuckin N, Fuckin K!

by linkster Nov 4, 2009

Anvari.org
Q: What is the Brooklyn alphabet?
A: Fuckin’ A, fuckin’ B, fuckin’ C, etc.

Google Books
The Distance Between Us
By Valerie Sayers
New York, NY: Doubleday
1994
Pg. 101:
“I’m from Brooklyn. You know what alphabet Brooklyn kids learn?”
She shook her head. 
“Fucking A, fucking B, fucking C.”

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And if you had ever lived in New York city, you’d know that “fuck” is just another word, and a quite expressive one at that.  It’s part of the New York alphabet:  fuckin’a, fuckin’b, fuckin’c, etc.

Gwen’s Trailer Trash Forum
I’m from NJ:
What’s the NJ alphabet? Fuckin A, Fuckin B, Fuckin C…
(...)
-- Anonymous, November 01, 2000

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From: (SuseGrl)
Date: 18 Jan 2001 04:43:03 GMT
Local: Wed, Jan 17 2001 11:43 pm
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ian, you should know the new york alphabet by now. fuckin’ A, fuckin’ B, fuckin’ C ...

Hentai Quest Forum
mrx
posted 05 August, 2002 11:18
New York Alphabet:
Fuckin’ A
Fuckin’ B
Fuckin’ C

Google Books
Any Human Heart:
The intimate journals of Logan Mountstuart: a novel

By William Boyd
New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf
2003
Pg. 312:
OK, so how do they recited the alphabet in Brooklyn? “Fuckin’ A, fuckin’ B, fuckin’ C,” Gail said.

Google Books
Bad Girls:
26 Writers Misbehave

By Ellen Sussman
New York, NY: W.W. Norton
2007
Pg. 51:
“Do you know how they say the alphabet in Jersey?” he asks. “Fuckin’ A, fuckin’ B, fuckin’ C, fuckin’ D...”

BlahBlah.com
by Maynar on Sat Jun 09, 2007 6:56 am
Fuckin’ A
Fuckin’ B
Fuckin’ C
etc
The New York alphabet.
[/Robin Williams]

Straight Dope Message Board
Origin of Fuckin’ A!
Rick
06-05-2010, 11:29 PM
It is the first letter of the New York alphabet. the second, of course, is fuckin’ B.

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