"The Buck Stops Here" (ca. 1930)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Wed Apr 20 00:59:22 UTC 2005

Here's a mea culpa ("my bad") for you.

Long ago I was at NYPL examining back issues of a long-defunct monthly called "Our Army," from which I retrieved a number of useful early citations, many of which wound up in OED2 without acknowledgment.  But that's cool....

Anyhow, one issue of said magazine some time in the '30s included a short story which alluded to a top segeant on whose desk top was a little plaque bearing the motto, "The Buck Stops Here," a saying now universally associated with Pres. Harry S Truman in the period 1945-52.

Well (Fred will get a chuckle out of this),  I foolishly neglected to note this citation. Mea magna culpa !  ("My large bad !") But it's there in the pages of "Our Army" for anyone with the time and energy to look for it.

My best guess of the date would be the early to mid '30s.


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