[Ads-l] "go ape(shit)"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 19 18:27:02 EDT 2018

Nice work, Ben. Here is an instance of "gone ape" in December 1950.

Date: Sunday, December 10, 1950
Publication: The Akron Beacon Journal
Location: Akron, Ohio
Article: Gambling Great Stuff As GIs Pile Up Cash: Sidelights On the
War Include Fine Array Of Soldier Lingo
Author: Fred Sparks (Chicago Daily News Foreign Service)
Quote Page 11C, Column 6
Database: Newspapers.com

[Begin excerpt]
GI Dictionary, Korean Campaign. "He's gone ape" means: He's blown his top.
[End excerpt]


On Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 6:02 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've got a piece up on Slate on the history of "go ape(shit)."
> https://slate.com/culture/2018/06/apeshit-etymology-the-history-of-the-phrase-behind-beyonce-and-jay-zs-new-single.html
> Antedatings for "go ape" (OED/HDAS 1955, GDoS 1954):
> Desert Hot Springs (Calif.) Sentinel, Oct. 11, 1951, p. 6, col. 3
> I hear that the new by-word is "I'm going gorilla" instead of "I'm going
> ape."
> https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21068697/go_ape/
> Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal, Dec. 6, 1951, p. 13, col. 2
> "he went ape" -- to extremes.
> https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21069343/go_ape/
> I wasn't able to antedate the earliest HDAS cite for "go apeshit" from Walt
> Sheldon's 1952 novel "Troubling of a Star" ("What do I want to fight for?
> You going apeshit?"). (JL dated the cite to 1951, presumably as an
> approximate date of the novel's writing.)
> --bgz
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