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:
“It’s coffee and I need some Tuesday. Please excuse my incoherence, it’s still early” (4/24)
“Civil engineering implies the existence of criminal engineering” (4/23)
“Dungeness crab implies the existence of Dragoness crab” (4/23)
“If you don’t understand why the Electoral College exists, you’re the reason” (4/23)
Angertainment (anger+ entertainment) (4/23)
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SCOAMF (Stuttering Clusterfuck Of A Miserable Failure)

Cocktail Conservative

Country Club Republican (Country Club Conservative)

“Why does the baloney fear the slicer?” (politician avoiding a tough interview/debate)

“If you don’t hold it, you don’t own it”

Shell Game

Cost of Living

Gypsy Moth Republican

Boll Weevil Democrat

Empty Calories

Federal Emergency Mismanagement Agency (Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA nickname)

“Gold is no one’s liability”

Tits-for-Tots (strip club “pole tax”)

Pork Chopper (helicopter used for shooting hogs)

Pole Tax (homophone of “poll tax”)

Leading from Behind

“What were the Aggie’s last words?” / “Hey y’all, watch this!”(joke)

“The worst advice is free advice” (“The most expensive advice is free advice”)

“Competition is a sin” (Rockefeller?)

Diaper District

“Manhattan on the Potomac” (Rosslyn, Arlington VA)

Euro Quake or Euroquake (Euro/Europe + earthquake)

Pickle Factory (Central Intelligence Agency or CIA nickname)

The Company (Central Intelligence Agency or CIA nickname)

Yuglies (young + ugly; Dallas Cowboys offensive line)

Fudge Factory (State Department nickname)

Drugs and Thugs (Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs nickname)

Central Banks’ Central Bank (Bank for International Settlements or BIS nickname)

Foggy Bottom


Feminazi (feminist + Nazi)


Bureau of Wrecklamation (Bureau of Reclamation nickname)

Fact Finder for the Nation (Bureau of the Census moniker)

“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” /“A Republic, if you can keep it”


“You can’t eat gold (or silver)”

“Death begins in the colon”

“Bury the lede” (“Bury the lead”)

Department of Homeland Insecurity (Department of Homeland Security or DHS nickname)

Department of Homeless Insecurity (Department of Homeland Security or DHS nickname)

Fed Up

Americagasm or Amerigasm (America + orgasm)

“Truth has no expiration date” (“Truth never perishes”)

“There’s always work at the post office”

Fort Fumble (Pentagon nickname)

Puzzle Palace (Pentagon, National Security Agency nickname)

“The masses are asses”

Venture Socialism

Nosebleed Seat (Nosebleed Section; Nosebleeder)

Six Phases of a Project (“Enthusiasm, disillusionment, panic…”)

“If all your troubles are behind you, you must be a school bus driver”

“What’s the difference between musicians and government bonds?” (joke)

“The price of gold is understood by exactly two people in the entire world—and they disagree”

“Mountain lion in Texas” (joke)

“Entrepreneurs work only half-days—12 hours”

“Gold’s father is dirt, yet it regards itself as noble”

Great Reckoning

Throw Red Meat at the Political Base (reward hard-core supporters)

Teatanic (tea party + Titanic)

JPig (JPMorgan Chase nickname)

Burger King Kids

Fatal Drugs Allowed (Food and Drug Administration or FDA nickname)

Hamburger with everything; Hot Dog with everything; Pizza with everything

Operation Twist (Operation Nudge)

Trashuries (trash + Treasuries)

Great Contraction

Great Compression

Great Divergence

Republinut (Republican + nut)

“You don’t win friends with salad”

Little Albania

Little Ghana (Mount Hope, Bronx)

Houston (summary)

Austin (summary)

Lager Beer

Top Dollar

Bottom Dollar (“Bet your bottom dollar”)

Frozen Zone

“If you don’t know jewelry, know your jeweler”

Cash on the Sidelines

Straw Poll (Straw Vote)

“Three kinds of economists” (joke)

Shopdropping (reverse shoplifting)

Aunt Sammy (sister of Uncle Sam)

“A quick nickel is better than a slow dime”

“Them that has, gets”

“You pays your money and you takes your choice”

Low Line

Little Panama (Crown Heights, Brooklyn)

Little Haiti (Flatbush and Canarsie, Brooklyn)

“Get ‘em while they’re hot”

Polidiot (politics + idiot)

Bankster of America (Bank of America nickname)

Great Stagnation