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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“You can’t tax your way to prosperity. You can’t bomb your way to security. And you can’t ban your way to liberty” (4/21)
“You can’t bomb your way to security” (4/21)
“You can’t bomb your way to democracy” (4/21)
“You can’t ban your way to freedom” (4/21)
“If you can’t expose crime in the government, you don’t really have a government. You have a dictatorship…” (4/21)
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Akaushi Beef (Akaushi Cattle)

“Football is not just a matter of life and death; it’s much more important than that”

College of Cardinals (Appropriations Committee nickname)

“I’m not the manager because I’m always right, but I’m always right because I’m the manager”

Three C’s of Credit (Credit reputation, capacity and collateral)

Retail Politics

“A winner never quits and a quitter never wins”

Wrap (sandwich)

“A good big man will beat a good little man” (boxing adage)

“If you don’t take care of your customers, someone else will”

Ineptocracy (inept + democracy)

“If stupidity got us into this mess, why can’t it get us out?”


Origin of “Jayhawk” (Kansas nickname) - summary

Origin of “Tar Heel” (North Carolina nickname) - summary

“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm”

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary”

“Indecision is the key to flexibility”

“I’m having an out-of-money experience”

“It’s not hard to meet expenses—they’re everywhere”

“Democracy is mob rule (but with income taxes)”

Dijon Vu (dijon mustard + deja vu)

“Condense soup, not books”

“If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country”

Gasoline-on-a-Stick (Texas trees and wildfires)

“Dieting is the triumph of mind over platter”

“Hear it now, watch it tonight, read about it tomorrow” (radio-television-newspaper adage)

“Water separates the people of the world, wine unites them”

“Get big, get niche or get out” (business adage)

“The difference between golf and government is that in golf you can’t improve your lie”

“Golfer’s Diet: Live on greens as much as possible”

“Wine is bottled poetry” (“Wine is poetry in a bottle”)

Origin of “Boomer”/“Sooner” (Oklahoma nickname) - summary

Origin of “Hawkeye” (Iowa nickname)


Clean Vote

Up or Down Vote (thumbs up or thumbs down)

NOTA (None Of The Above)

“If you miss the ball, don’t miss the leg” (soccer adage)

“To my customer: I may not have the answer, but I’ll find it…”

“Innovate or die”

“Holy guacamole!”; “Holy cannoli!”

Anchorman or Anchor Man (America’s Anchorman)

French Silk Chocolate Pie

Poop (three-point shot in basketball)

“If you win the morning, you win the day” (radio adage)

“Do not adjust your set”

“He stops, pops and it drops” (basketball phrase)

Three-Day Town (Three-Day City)

New Castrati

“Swish!” (basketball term)

Marble Ceiling

Glass Ceiling

“Kick save and a beauty!” (great save by the goalie in hockey)

“The bases are F.O.B. (full of Brooklyns)”

“Going…going…gone!” (baseball home run call)

“How about that!” (Yankee announcer Mel Allen catchphrase)

“Hospitals don’t have patients; doctors have patients and hospitals have doctors”

“The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer”

“Winners have parties, losers have meetings”

Oldest Profession (prostitution)

“The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer”

Adam and Eve on a raft (poached eggs on toast)

Balloon Juice (seltzer or soda water)

Gothamite (inhabitant of Gotham)

Gothamist (inhabitant of Gotham)

“A lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math”

Manhattanite (inhabitant of Manhattan)

Bronxite (inhabitant of the Bronx)

Brooklynite (inhabitant of Brooklyn)

Staten Islander (inhabitant of Staten Island)

“Talk is cheap; money buys whiskey”

“There are many possible reasons to sell a stock, but only one reason to buy” (Wall Street adage)

“People buy from people they like” (business adage)

Austinite (inhabitant of Austin)

San Antonian (inhabitant of San Antonio)

Dallasite (inhabitant of Dallas)

Houstonian (inhabitant of Houston)

El Pasoan (inhabitant of El Paso)

Wacoan (inhabitant of Waco)

Wacoite (inhabitant of Waco)

Galvestonian (inhabitant of Galveston)

Galvo (Galveston nickname)

Corpus Christian (inhabitant of Corpus Christi)

Amarilloan (inhabitant of Amarillo)

Fort Worther (inhabitant of Fort Worth)

Fort Worthian (inhabitant of Fort Worth)

Midlander (inhabitant of Midland)

Odessan (inhabitant of Odessa)

Abilenian (inhabitant of Abilene)

Laredoan (inhabitant of Laredo)

Lubbockite (inhabitant of Lubbock)

McAllenite (inhabitant of McAllen)

Brownsvillian (inhabitant of Brownsville)

San Angeloan (inhabitant of San Angelo)

Bastropian (inhabitant of Bastrop)

Lufkinite (inhabitant of Lufkin)

Palestinian (inhabitant of Palestine, Texas)

San Marcan (inhabitant of San Marcos)

Marfaite (inhabitant of Marfa)

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