Different Strokes for Different Folks

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Feb 5 13:52:33 UTC 2014

The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs cites the Philadelphia Tribune, May 19, 1945 (discovered by me) for "different strokes for different folks":

"Yes, I realize that 'times have changed' and that, as a jitterbug friend told me the other day, 'one has different strokes for different folks.'"

Fred Shapiro

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The publication-date of this book predates the release-date - 1967 - of the
song, "Different Strokes," by Syl Johnson, by six years. It's possible that
a view of the preceding matter in the book will show that Lambert's use of
the phrase is different from that of Johnson. IAC, the song was
written by Johnny
Cameron and John Zachary - whoever they are/were - and not by Johnson. So,
that's it, then.

A Study of the Roles of Attitudes and Motivation in Second Language
Learning: Final Technical Report, November 25, 1961, Volume 2, Page 5
Wallace E. Lambert - 1961 - ā€ˇSnippet view

"And l think this is the most important element to retain[:] _different
strokes for different folks!_"

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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