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. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

Recent entries:
“Somewhere between a donut and a juice cleanse” (7/13)
“Somewhere between a doughnut and a juice cleanse” (7/13)
Entry in progress—BP47 (7/13)
Entry in progress—BP46 (7/13)
Entry in progress—BP45 (7/13)
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Launching Pad (New Yankee Stadium nickname)

“The ark was built by amateurs, but professionals built the Titanic”

“Liberate Texas next—they’ve got oil, too”

Adzillatron (Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium scoreboard nickname)

“Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic” (a futile or pointless activity in a losing situation)


Fifth Taste or Fifth Flavor (umami)

“Who died and made you king/ God/ boss/ president?”

“If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is”

“Money can’t buy happiness”

“No one on their deathbed ever says they wish they had spent more time at the office”

Get-rich-quick (Get-rich-quickly; Get-rich-quicker)

Torpedo Sandwich

Zeppelin Sandwich (Zep Sandwich)

Gondola Sandwich

Grinder (sandwich)

Hoagie (sandwich)

Rocket Sandwich

Bomber Sandwich

Dagwood Sandwich

“If life hands you tomatoes, make Bloody Marys/salsa/tomato sauce”

“You can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish”

Double Dog Dare (Triple Dog Dare)

“All politics is local”

Golden Rule (“Do unto others before they do unto you”)

Golden Rule (“He who has the gold makes the rules”)

“How can you tell when a politician is lying? His lips are moving!”

PAYGO or PAYG (pay-as-you-go)

Chocolate Easter Bunny (Chocolate Easter Rabbit)

“It’s never been worth zero!” (gold advertisement)

“Always Be Closing” (“ABC” of selling)

Attention-Interest-Desire-Action (“AIDA” of marketing)

K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid)

“Raise your kids in Midland; raise hell in Odessa”

“Get a $100 lock and a $50 bike” (bicycle adage)

Kentucky Nachos

“Wake up and smell the coffee”

Ball Orchard (Big Ball Orchard in the South Bronx = Yankee Stadium)

“Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note”

“Today is a gift—that’s why it’s called the present”

Black Wall Street

OPM (Other People’s Money)

“Buy stocks that go up; if they don’t go up, don’t buy them” (Will Rogers)

Greek Nachos (Mediterranean Nachos; Pita Nachos; Pitachos)

Feather Test

Hot Dog Diplomacy

Fish-Wrap or Fish-Wrapper (a bad newspaper, good only to “wrap fish in”)

“Pie in the sky”

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard)

Square Meal

Bottom Line (Bottom-Line)

Triple Bottom Line

“Eat ‘em and Beat ‘em” (Exchange Buffet)

“If you have to ask, then you probably can’t afford it” (J. P. Morgan?)

“Comes the revolution, everyone will eat strawberries and cream!”

Cash Cow