[Ads-l] New York's Boldest

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 26 20:17:17 UTC 2015


Not "Tidiest"?

JL

On Tue, May 26, 2015 at 3:36 PM, Jesse Sheidlower <jester at panix.com> wrote:

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> Barry wrote about this in 2004, with examples of "Boldest" to 1996 and
> "Strongest" (for the Sanitation Department) to 1981:
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> http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/finest_bravest_strongest_boldest
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> On Tue, May 26, 2015 at 01:06:12PM -0400, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> > The NYPD has long been known as "New York's Finest."  Not to be outdone,
> > the Fire Department became "New York's Bravest."
> >
> > I now see that an official sign in front of the city prison complex on
> > Rikers Island reads:
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> >          CITY OF NEW YORK
> > CORRECTION DEPARTMENT
> >             RIKERS ISLAND
> > HOME OF NEW YORK'S BOLDEST
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> > Presumably that means the officers.
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> > JL
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