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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“Somewhere between a donut and a juice cleanse” (7/13)
“Somewhere between a doughnut and a juice cleanse” (7/13)
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Entry in progress—BP46 (7/13)
Entry in progress—BP45 (7/13)
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“Your money was working for you, but it suddenly quit and now it’s working for me!”


“It’s the notes you don’t play that matter” (jazz adage)

“You know you’re in a bear market when people are losing money but feeling pretty good about it”

“A movement is over when the news is out” (Wall Street adage)

Staten Island Chuck (groundhog weather prognosticator)

Bullshit Labor Statistics (Bureau of Labor Statistics or BLS nickname)

Peter Pan Economics (Peter Pan Economy)

“Business was so bad they were shooting deer in the balcony” (Broadway saying)

“I watched this play at a disadvantage—the curtain was up” (Broadway saying)

“The play opened at 8:40 sharp and closed at 10:40 dull” (Broadway saying)

“There was laughter back of the theater, leading to the belief that somebody was telling jokes”

“A bad play saved by a bad performance” (Broadway saying)

“If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments”

“It’s lonely at the top, but you eat better”

“Satire is something that closes on Saturday night” (theatre adage)

“A financier is a pawnbroker with imagination”

“A clean tie attracts the soup of the day”

“A lot of money is tainted—‘taint yours and ‘taint mine”

“In a democracy, your vote counts; in feudalism, your count votes”

“A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat”

“She was only a moonshiner’s daughter, but he loved her still”

Full Blown Idiots (Federal Bureau of Investigation or FBI nickname)

Big Blue Apple (Big Blue + Big Apple)

Christians In Action (Central Intelligence Agency or CIA nickname)

Fun City

Dorm District (Yorkville, Manhattan)

“Loans and debts make worries and frets”

“I owe, I owe, so off to work I go”

“A man in debt is caught in a net”

ZIRP4EVA (ZIRP + forever)

Trainmageddon or Trainageddon (train + Armageddon)

Deepcession (deep + depression + recession)

“Whether you’re rich or poor, it’s nice to have money”

Security Theater

Ecotard (ecology + retard)

“Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success”

“It’s breakfast time somewhere”

Babycino or Babyccino (baby + cappuccino)

Dictocrat (dictator + bureaucrat)

“A heart the size of Texas” or “A heart as big as Texas” (Texas saying)

Guac (guacamole)

Lehman 2.0

UpChuck E. Cheese or Upchucky Cheese (Chuck E. Cheese’s nickname)

“The U.S. dollar is the leper with the most fingers”

Trickle-Down Economics

American Dream

Dhimmirat or Dhimirat (dhimmi + rat/Democrat)

“Stop global warming before all the chocolate melts!”

“No Store Does More” (H-E-B slogan)

“Right Stuff. Low Price. Everyday!” (Academy Sports + Outdoors slogan)

GOPer (member of the GOP)

“Don’t change horses in the middle of the stream” (“Don’t swap horses in midstream”)

“The strength of a nation lies in the homes of its people”

Babyhorns or Baby Horns (young Texas Longhorns players)

BlowU (University of Oklahoma or OU nickname)

Corporatocracy (corporation + democracy)

Sex, Fun and Alcohol (Stephen F. Austin State University nickname)

School For Alcoholics (Stephen F. Austin State University nickname)

All Dressed Bagel

All Dressed Hot Dog

All Dressed Pizza

Zombieconomy (Zombie Economy)

Voodoo Economics

Morning Schmo or Morning Schmoe (MSNBC’s Morning Joe nickname)

“Papers, please!” (regulations requiring identification)

“Having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have”

“Basketball is a game of runs”

“The raised nail gets hammered down” (management proverb)

Unicorn Farts (imaginary clean energy source)

“Bad companies make for good trades” (Wall Street adage)

“Even in the warmest of hearts, there’s a cold spot for the Jews”

Riverside Boulevard


“The crux of the biscuit”

Biocrat (biology + bureaucrat)

Goat-choker (an overly long article)

Widows and Orphans (newspaper terminology)

Thumbsucker (a news analysis or think piece)

Fascist Bureau of Investigation (Federal Bureau of Investigation or FBI nickname)

“Eat them for lunch before they eat you for dinner”

“Love your neighbor, but don’t tear down your fence” (proverb)

“Land of the free, thanks to the brave”

Houstonite (inhabitant of Houston)

“Taking away the punch bowl” (Federal Reserve saying)