Briggs; Hughes; SF; Hot dogs, et al. (LONG!!)
fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Jun 30 11:32:54 UTC 1999
On Wed, 30 Jun 1999 Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
> Jay Leno uses this a lot. It's rare, but a person's last name alone can
> be the slang phrase. "Hey, nice going, EINSTEIN!"
> I've never seen it recorded.
> The AMERICAN MACHINIST, 3 December 1956, pg. 109, advertisement for
> Tomkins-Johnson reamers:
> _Now they call Joe a genius_*
> *He's no Einstein--but he figured how to cut costs...
The OED Additions Series, volume 2, records this and quotes Ogden Nash,
_Good Intentions_ (1942) for "he's no Einstein."
Fred R. Shapiro Coeditor (with Jane Garry)
Associate Librarian for Public Services TRIAL AND ERROR: AN OXFORD
and Lecturer in Legal Research ANTHOLOGY OF LEGAL STORIES
Yale Law School Oxford University Press, 1998
e-mail: fred.shapiro at yale.edu ISBN 0-19-509547-2
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