E for Effort (1940)

Wilson Gray hwgray at EARTHLINK.NET
Tue May 4 12:43:16 UTC 2004

How old are you? I'm nearly 70 and it's "E for effort" that I recall
from my elementary-school years in the early '40's. "A for effort"
feels like a hypercorrection, as you imply when you say that "'A' is
easier to understand."

-Wilson Gray

On May 3, 2004, at 11:17 PM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:

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> 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
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> "A" is easier to understand.
> Benjamin Barrett
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>> 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?
>>  Was this coined by Bing Crosby in ROAD TO SINGAPORE?

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