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Topics of the day:

1. "The Big Apple"
2. turns of phrase


Date: Sat, 4 Apr 1998 23:23:33 -0500
From: Gerald Cohen
Subject: "The Big Apple"

Barry Popik continues to record correct and incorrect treatments of "The
Big Apple." Here is his latest message sent to me on the subject.

.X-From_: Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]aol.com Sat Apr 4 19:35:49 1998
From: Bapopik
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 1998 20:35:44 EST
To: gcohen[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]umr.edu
Mime-Version: 1.0
Subject: Complete Idiot's Travel Guide to NYC

A complete idiot is more reliable than the Society for New York City
History (which thinks "the Big Apple" came from a prostitute named Eve in
1803, simmering largely unnoticed for 117 years) and the Christian Science
Monitor (which cites jazz references only).

(NOTE: This company also does the Frommer Guides.)
Pg. 11:

Ever wonder why New York is called "The Big Apple"? The general idea is that,
like an apple, the city is "ripe with possibilities." Most people credit the
term to journalist John J. Fitz Gerald of the long-defunct _Morning
Telegraph_, who heard it used by stable hands at a New Orleans racetrack in
the 1920s and thereafter used it to refer to New York's own tracks. Jazz
musicians used it to refer to New York in general (and Harlem in Particular)
throughout the 1930s, but the term slowly fell out of use thereafter and was
more or less fogotten by the 1970s, when it was used in an ad campaign run by
the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau.

---Gerald Cohen
(The "ripe with possibilities" sentence above is questionable, but the
rest is accurate. The ad campaign began in 1970 or 1971)

gcohen[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]umr.edu