"Blue Plate Special"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Sep 21 02:00:40 UTC 2002

Since Barry is in Shangri-La somewhere, someone has to keep up the food
antedatings.  The OED, as would not surprise Barry, doesn't do too well on
"blue plate special."  Its first use is dated 1961, but Damon Runyon
published a book with that title in 1934.  Still earlier is the following
from Barry's favorite newspaper:

1926 _N.Y. Times_ 27 May 23  (adv't) THE FAMOUS OLD SEA GRILL LOBSTER AND

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