Briggs; Hughes; SF; Hot dogs, et al. (LONG!!)

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Jun 30 11:32:54 UTC 1999

On Wed, 30 Jun 1999 Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:

>      Jay Leno uses this a lot.  It's rare, but a person's last name alone can
> be the slang phrase.  "Hey, nice going, EINSTEIN!"
>      I've never seen it recorded.
>      The AMERICAN MACHINIST, 3 December 1956, pg. 109, advertisement for
> Tomkins-Johnson reamers:
>      _Now they call Joe a genius_*
>      *He's no Einstein--but he figured how to cut costs...

The OED Additions Series, volume 2, records this and quotes Ogden Nash,
_Good Intentions_ (1942) for "he's no Einstein."

Fred R. Shapiro                             Coeditor (with Jane Garry)
Associate Librarian for Public Services     TRIAL AND ERROR: AN OXFORD
  and Lecturer in Legal Research            ANTHOLOGY OF LEGAL STORIES
Yale Law School                             Oxford University Press, 1998
e-mail: fred.shapiro at               ISBN 0-19-509547-2

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