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Why is new York called the big apple?

Asked by noah (27points) August 2nd, 2008 from iPhone
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iwamoto's avatar

too easy…

jacksonRice's avatar

my understanding is that it was a reference to how cheap it was for the dutch to obtain it. there’s a saying, if something is cheap, that you got it “for an apple & an egg,” as in, for nothing. so new york (new amsterdam) was so cheap, so inexpensive, that they got it for an apple, but it was a really big buy… hence the big apple.

marinelife's avatar

@jacksonrice Inaccurate.

gailcalled's avatar

@jackson; creative but belongs under the rubric of “fiction.”

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skfinkel's avatar

My Dad, a New Yorker, tells me that for a long time, New York was the apple growing state. New York City, being the largest city in the state, was therefore called the Big Apple.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Hmph. ztraffic posts what I did and gets lurve and I get nada?? :(

marinelife's avatar

@AlenaD Hint: Many Flutherites don’t look at links. Try to include a text excerpt to whet their appetite. I’ll give lurve for first.

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