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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Bloody Awful (British Airways nickname)

Absolutely Awful or Always Awful (American Airlines nickname)

First On Race Day (Ford backronymic nickname)

Air Chance (Air France nickname)

Perhaps I Arrive (Pakistan International Airlines or PIA backronymic nickname)

Please Inform Allah (Pakistan International Airlines or PIA backronymic nickname)

Last One There (LOT Polish Airlines backronymic nickname)

Luggage On Tarmac (LOT Polish Airlines backronymic nickname)

The Worst Airline (Trans World Airlines or TWA backronymic nickname)

Try Walking Across or Try Walking Again (Trans World Airlines or TWA nickname)

“There are no atheists in foxholes”

Deliver Everyone’s Luggage To Atlanta (Delta backronymic nickname)

Aeroflop (Aeroflot nickname)

Journey Always Late or Just Arrives Late (Japan Airlines or JAL backronymic nickname)

Plane Always Late (Philippine Airlines or PAL backronymic nickname)

“Relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew” (RDWHAHB)

“I tried paying taxes with a smile, but the IRS wanted cash”

Tombstone Agency

Aerosplat (Aeroflot nickname)

“There are old pilots and bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots”

Mildew Plaza (Milford Plaza nickname)

“There is nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse” (horse-riding adage)

“Only accountants can save the world—through peace, goodwill and reconciliations”

“Get your head in the game” (act smarter)

Victory Lap

Victory Lap (an extra year of school)

Cowboy NASCAR (chuck wagon races)

Err Canada (Air Canada nickname)

Penny-Pinching (Penny-Pincher)

Great Debasement

Foodflation (food + inflation)

Super Senior (student who takes longer to graduate)

“It’s better to be pissed off than pissed on”

Teeny Weeny Airlines (Trans World Airlines or TWA nickname)

“One man’s pork is another man’s bacon”

Beer Goggles

Well Drink

Call Drink

Irish Handcuffs (alcoholic drinks in both hands)

Lunatic Soup (alcoholic drink)

Great Disconnect (Grand Disconnect)

Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy

“Every shot pleases someone” (golf adage)

Shadow Inventory

“You don’t want to be the coach who follows the legend” (coaching adage)

Dark Inventory

“Architects cover their mistakes with ivy”

“Architecture is a great profession, but a horrible business”

“Don’t send a boy to do a man’s job”

Mushroom Management (Mushroom Theory of Management; Mushroom Treatment)

“In confusion there is profit”

“Speed costs money. How fast do you want to go?” (motor sports adage)

“No margin, no mission” (health care adage)

“Religion is for people who are afraid of hell; spirituality is for people who’ve been there”

“Politics is a contact sport” (“Democracy is a contact sport”)

“Ballers want to be rappers, and rappers want to be ballers” (sports adage)

“Scare you to death, work you to death, then bore you to death” (law school’s three years)

“To give the news impartially, without fear or favor” (New York Times)

“Landing on a postage stamp” (aviation saying)

“When you go to Midas, you get a muffler” (go to a specialist for that specialty)

“The first duty of wine is to be red”

“We’ll give him a fair trial, then we’ll hang him”

“The woods are full of long hitters” (golf adage)

“We may not always win the game, but we always win the party”

“Every senator looks in the mirror and sees a president”

“Personnel is policy”

Conservative Spring Break (Conservative Political Action Conference or CPAC nickname)

Zebra (sports official who wears a black-and-white-striped shirt)

“If it’s free, it’s for me”

“Too good to check” (journalism adage)

“Don’t believe everything you read in the papers”

“The golf swing starts from the ground up” (golf adage)

“When your husband comes home with cockleburrs in his pants, don’t ask his score” (golf saying)

“Democ­racy is the worst form of gov­ern­ment, except for all the oth­ers”

“A good putter is a match for anyone and a bad putter is a match for no one” (golf adage)

“Catch-up hockey is losing hockey” (hockey adage)

“Why steal less when you can steal more?”

“Gold, bitchez!” or “Silver, bitchez!” (financial catchphrase)

“You can’t teach scoring” (sports adage)

“You can play hurt, but you can’t play injured” (sports adage)

“When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary”

“Cut thin to win” (card-cutter’s axiom)

“Reporters are never on vacation” (journalism adage)

New York Fucking City (New York Fuckin’ City)

“You make more money selling advice than following it”

“Losing hurts more than winning feels good”

“Good people drink good beer”

“If you’re injured, you don’t play; if you play, you’re not injured”

“The personal is political”

Filibluster (filibuster + bluster)

“In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of baseball”




MSNBC White (CNN nickname)

“Peace through strength”

Uncle Sam Day

Bracketology (Bracketologist)

Selection Sunday

Vaticanista (Vatican correspondent)

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