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 March 20, 2007
Texass ("The jackass is the finest flower of Texass”—Groucho Marx)

"Texass” is a derogatory name for Texas. The term is often used by people from Oklahoma, such as at an OU-UT football game.

Groucho Marx—when the Marx family was performing on the vaudeville circuit in Texas in 1912—once ad-libbed: “The jackass is the finest flower of Texass.”


Urban Dictionary
Texass
The US state of Texas, or a Texan.
My wife has a cute name for all the states. Texass, Kansass, Assachusetts...
by LudwigVan Nov 10, 2003

Google Books
Hello, I must be going:
Groucho and his friends
by Charlotte Chandler
New York: Doubleday
1978
Pg. 145:
By this time we were so angry we started making sarcastic remarks. Like, “Nacogdoches is full of roaches,” and “The jackass is the finest flower of Texass.”

Google Books
Typical
by Padgett Powell
New York: Henry Holt and Company
1992
Pg. 41:
“My daddy sat on his Texass in a Barcalounger size of a Lincoln.”

SoonerFans.com
IamHornE
12/10/2003, 11:58 AM
(...)
For the record, I wrote “Oklahomo” and “shithole” because this is smack central. Just like the ol’ texass or texican thing you guys do.
All in fun

Burnt Orange Fan Zone
12-13-2005, 10:08 AM
(...)
ou should take a VERY serious look at Arkansas and what has happened to them. ou can not compete for championships without Texans from Texass/Baja Oklahoma/ tuck fexas.

Former Detroit Free Press Politics Forum
Okiecub - Jan 24, 2007 8:02 pm (#1840 of 2146)
heh
It’s the Texassans who come to OK to play football, Mad. 
beaner, Texass ain’t nothing but Baja Oklahoma.

9 July 1950, Long Beach (CA) Independent, “Marx Bros. Star in Crichton Work” by George Eres, pg. 37A, col. 3:
THEY WERE IN some turkeys in their days. It wasn’t until they began improvising and acting upon the stage that they found themselves. It started when the Marxes were doing a show in Texas and the audience walked out to see a mule which had died.

They were infuriated that a dead mule could draw more of an audience than they. The audience tired of viewing the mule and returned to their seats. The show resumed and Groucho added some lines of his own to the effect that

“Nacogdoches
Is full of roaches.”

Harpo was running up and down in front of the audience wiggling his fingers at his nose...Groucho was singing mechanically and racking his brain for more insults. At the next break in the number he came forth with

“The Jackass
is the finest
flower
of
Texass.”

(Trademark)
Word Mark TEXASS
Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 025. US 039. G & S: MEN’S AND WOMEN’S WEARING APPAREL, NAMELY JEANS. FIRST USE: 19810627. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19810627
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Design Search Code
Serial Number 73321636
Filing Date 0000
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Owner (APPLICANT) JUDY FISHMAN AND JAMES TERRY PARTNERSHIP 143 WEST LOVERA SAN ANTONIO TEXAS 78212
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Abandonment Date October 9, 1982

(Trademark)
Word Mark TEXASS
Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: T-shirts, workout wear, caps, shorts, sweat shirts, sweat pants, swim suits, swim suit cover-ups, jeans, jackets, bike shorts, tank tops, leggings
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Design Search Code
Serial Number 74684788
Filing Date June 5, 1995
Current Filing Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Owner (APPLICANT) Knight, Darla Munster INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 10050 Lakemere Drive Dallas TEXAS 75238
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Abandonment Date May 8, 1996

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Tuesday, March 20, 2007 • Permalink