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#147557 - 09/07/05 07:55 PM BIG APPLE
Loc: DOMININICAN REPUBLIC
THIS WEEK WORDS WILL BE ABOUT NEW YORK CITY....MY QUESTION AND MAYBE YOU CAN ANSWER IT....HOW DID NYC GET THE NAME "THE BIG APPLE" AND WHILE YOU ARE AT IT...HOW ABOUT NEW ORLEANS BEING CALLED "THE BIG EASY" AND THERE ARE MORE....
#147558 - 09/07/05 08:24 PM Re: BIG APPLE
shhhhhh. you'll wake the baby.
#147559 - 09/07/05 08:55 PM Re: BIG APPLE
New York City became the Big Apple because of a high-class bordello popular in the city in the early 1800s. The founder of the bordello was a Frenchwoman named Evelyn. Locals called her Eve, and jokes about her staff as apples followed. Variations on the apple reference expanded until the entire city was referred to as The Apple by the early 1900s. You can find more details here:
The origin of "The Big Easy" is less clear, but the leading theory seems to be that it was applied to N'awlins because the city had such a relaxed atmosphere.
(And the perhaps cryptic comment by our friend Faldage is a reference to your use of all caps in your post; it is established internet usage that all caps indicate SHOUTING by the poster.)
#147560 - 09/07/05 10:27 PM Re: BIG APPLE
Loc: New York City
And, hey, ECH174! Wecome aboard!
#147561 - 09/08/05 06:32 AM Re: BIG APPLE
Yep, we come aboard, so book us at the Captain's table!
#147562 - 09/08/05 07:06 AM Re: BIG APPLE
I love it. "Often, the explanation of the so-called 'origin' of this phrase is accompanied with plausible-sounding historical or biographical details, giving it an unmistakable (but alas, totally spurious) 'ring of truth.'"
Then they proceed to weave a tale accompanied with plausible-sounding historical or biographical details, giving it an unmistakable (but alas, totally spurious) "ring of truth."
For another opinion, and one to which I would attribute more plausibility, see:
#147563 - 09/08/05 08:25 AM Re: BIG APPLE
Loc: DOMININICAN REPUBLIC
THANK YOU FOR POSTING THE CRYPTIC COMMENT. I GET THIS OCCASIONALLY BECAUSE YOU SEE, I HAVE A RATHER SEVERE VISION PROBLEM AND SOMETIMES I CAN CHANGE THE FONT SIZE BUT DON'T KNOW HOW ON THIS BOARD. SORRY, NO OFFENSE MEANT. BUT I WOULD THINK THEY WOULD HAVE THE GOOD MANNERS TO FIND OUT WHY ONE POSTS IN CAPITAL LETTERS. IT'S A BITCH TO BE ALMOST BLIND I CAN ASSURE YOU.
#147564 - 09/08/05 08:54 AM Re: BIG APPLE
Loc: lower upstate New York
Welcome, ECH. We have other members with severe vision problems and I'm sorry to hear of yours. But it's good that you seem to be able to read the answers without their being in all caps, yes? I agree it would be nice for many of us if we could increase font size here, but if there is a way, I sure don't know it! Maybe another member will have a suggestion.
Oh, and back on topic, I was taught in tour guide class in NYC the jazz musician origin of "Big Apple."
Edit: I just went to the preferences page and you can increase front size here near the bottom of the page!
#147565 - 09/08/05 09:01 AM Re: BIG APPLE
HI ECH. SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR VISION. YOU CAN CHANGE THE FONT SIZE IN YOUR PROFILE-EDIT DISPLAY PREFERENCES. DOWN TOWARDS THE BOTTOM. IT'S ALSO SOMETHING THAT MOST BROWSERS CAN DO. CHECK THE "VIEW" SETTINGS.
WE ALSO HAVE MEMBERS HERE THAT USE TEXT-TO-SPEECH SYSTEMS. MIGHT BE SOMETHING TO CHECK IN TO, IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY. PERHAPS MAX WILL JUMP IN HERE.
YOU MIGHT ALSO CONSIDER A LITTLE "DISCLAIMER" IN YOUR SIGNATURE ABOUT YOUR USE OF ALL CAPS.
WELCOME TO THE BOARD!!
edit: sorry for the mantle, Anna, I was a typin'..._________________________
formerly known as etaoin...
#147566 - 09/08/05 11:20 AM Re: BIG APPLE
Loc: this too shall pass
with firefox browser:
and speaking of manners, I'd ask about options first...
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