E for Effort (1940)
bjb5 at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Tue May 4 03:17:32 UTC 2004
Thank you for this interesting history, Barry.
I've heard that version, but I more commonly hear, and I use "A for
effort". When I hear "E", I always wonder if it's a failing grade, so the
"A" is easier to understand.
>From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]
>E FOR EFFORT--3,270 Google hits, 2,120 Google Groups hits
> Who grades with this letter?
> Not in OED, HDAS, CASSELL DICTIONARY OF SLANG?
> Was this coined by Bing Crosby in ROAD TO SINGAPORE?
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