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.

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“Cool beans” (slang)

Pumpkin Capital USA (Floydada nickname)

Petroplex (Midland/Odessa nickname)

Centroplex (Belton/Killeen/Temple nickname)

Fux News (Fox News nickname)

Fweedom (freedom + weed)

“George Washington slept here”

“Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”

“Four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate and chocolate truffles”

“Sleep ‘til you’re hungry, eat ‘til you’re sleepy”

“I would cook dinner, but I can’t find the can opener”

Great Right Hope (Great White Hope)


“I’m not gaining weight—I’m retaining food”

“American politics are played between the 40-yard lines”


“If all economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion”

“Soup is liquid comfort”

“Pig through the python” (“Pig in a python”)

“Gridlock is good”

“Greed is good”

“That’s the way baseball go”

Stroller Nazi; Stroller Mafia

People’s Republic of Park Slope (Park Slope)

Democrat Party or Democratic Party (usage)

“Follow the money”

“If you’re looking, you’re not cooking” (“If you’re lookin’, you ain’t cookin’”)

SMASH (Salmon, Mackerel, Anchovies, Sardines, Herring)

“Brown eggs are local eggs and local eggs are fresh”

“Buy the best and cry only once”

BOGO or BOGOF (Buy One, Get One Free)

“Low-hanging fruit”

Pitchforks and Torches (an angry mob or electorate)

Strawberry Lemonade

“It takes four persons to dress a salad…”

Earmarxist (earmark + Marxist)


“Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed”

“A lost opportunity is better than lost money” (“Missed money is better than lost money”)

No-Park Slope (Park Slope)

“Time is the friend of stocks, the enemy of bonds”

“A pie doesn’t grow through its slicing”

“Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for”

“There are no lost causes because there are no gained causes”

Frankfurt on the Hudson (Washington Heights)

Fourth Reich (Washington Heights)

“If past history is all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians”

“Vote with your fork”

“A hand up, not a handout”

“The chicken is the only animal we eat before it’s born and after it’s dead”

Battle of the Brazos (Baylor Bears vs. Texas A&M Aggies)

Battle for the Iron Skillet (SMU Mustangs vs. TCU Horned Frogs)

SoCon (Social Conservative)

FisCon (Fiscal Conservative)

Grand Obstructionist Party (Grand Old Party or GOP nickname)

“My way or the highway”

Little Norway (Sunset Park, Brooklyn)

Shadyville (Queens Village, Queens)

“If you can’t open their minds, open their heads”

“If you can read this, thank a teacher; If you’re reading this in English, thank a soldier”

Home of the Haze (Washington Heights)

Mobzdale or Mobsdale (Rosedale, Queens)

“Eat fish, live longer” (M. Slavin & Sons, Ltd.)

Teapublican (tea party + Republican)

GOPbagger (GOP + teabagger)

“Don’t retreat—reload”

Total Sexual Assault (Transportation Security Administration or TSA nickname)

Thousands Standing Around (Transportation Security Administration or TSA nickname)


“Politics is the art of looking for trouble…”

“Congress: A man gets up to speak and says nothing, nobody listens, and then everybody disagrees”

Tough Shit, America (Transportation Security Administration or TSA nickname)

Rubies of the Pines (New Jersey cranberries)

“May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs!”

“How many cooks does it take to stuff a turkey?” (joke)

“It’s not the minutes at the table that make you fat—it’s the seconds”

“On Thanksgiving Day all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment — halftime”

“I can give you the formula for failure: Try to please everybody”

“It never occurs to politicians that Lincoln is worth imitating as well as quoting”

“A refrigerator is a place to store leftovers until they are old enough to throw out”

“King Henry Died Monday Drinking Chocolate Milk” (metric mnemonic)

“Kids Prefer Cheese Over Fried Green Spinach” (taxonomy mnemonic)

“A Rat In The House May/Might Eat The Ice Cream” (“arithmetic” spelling aid)

“May I have a large container of coffee right now?” (Pi mnemonic for 3.141592653)

“Never Eat Chips, Eat Salad Sandwiches And Remain Young” (“necessary” spelling aid)

“See The Dog Jump In A Circle. Leave Her Home To Entertain Every Visitor Here” (Cabinet mnemonic)

St. Wapniacl (Cabinet mnemonic)

“My mother served nothing but leftovers; the original meal has never been found”

“Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm”

“An economist finds something working in practice and wonders if it will work in theory”

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people”

Razzleberry Pie

Gate Rape

Chicken Noodle News or Chicken Noodle Network (CNN nickname)


“Shop ‘til you drop”

Small Business Saturday

Champagne Unit (Texas Air National Guard nickname)

“Blackout in a can” (caffeinated and alcoholic energy drink)

“When they call roll in the Senate, senators don’t know whether to answer present or not guilty”

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