[Ads-l] New York's Boldest

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Tue May 26 21:41:17 UTC 2015


Contra Jon, I'm not sure that "boldest" doesn't refer to those whose "home" is Rikers Island.  Some of the guards at least are allowed to leave for the night.

Joel

      From: Jesse Sheidlower <jester at PANIX.COM>
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 Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 3:36 PM
 Subject: Re: [ADS-L] New York's Boldest
   
Barry wrote about this in 2004, with examples of "Boldest" to 1996 and
"Strongest" (for the Sanitation Department) to 1981:

http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/finest_bravest_strongest_boldest

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:
> 
>          CITY OF NEW YORK
> CORRECTION DEPARTMENT
>            RIKERS ISLAND
> HOME OF NEW YORK'S BOLDEST
> 
> Presumably that means the officers.
> 
> JL
> -- 
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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