"Putting on the ritz" (1921)
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I'm thinking of adding "putting on the ritz" to either my NYC song section
or my hotel section. What do the OED revision and the next HDAS have? "Putting
on the ritz" is American, but what Ritz hotel is referred to?
Ritz, n. (a.)
[The name of the Swiss-born hotelier César Ritz (1850-1918), given to his
luxury hotels in Paris, London, New York, and elsewhere.]
a. Used allusively of a large and luxurious hotel, esp. in negative phrases.
Also attrib. and as adj.
1910 _R. FRY_ (http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-f2.html#r-fry)
Lett. (1972) I. 336, I will not pretend that my cuisine rivals the Ritz. 1922
_F. SCOTT FITZGERALD_
(http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-f.html#f-scott-fitzgerald) (title) The diamond as big as the Ritz. 1926 _E. HEMINGWAY_
(http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-h2.html#e-hemingway) Sun also Rises xix.
238 We drove in to Biarritz and left the car outside a very Ritz place. 1928
_W. S. MAUGHAM_
(http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-m2.html#w-s-maugham) Ashenden vi. 93 They came to a tavern in a blind alley, noisome and
evil... ‘It's not the Ritz,’ he said, ‘but at this hour of the night it's only in
a place like this that we stand a chance of getting something to eat.’ 1942
_M. DICKENS_ (http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-d2.html#m-dickens) One
Pair of Feet vii. 111 A phrase that often sprang, unvoiced, to my lips, was ‘
This ain't the ruddy Ritz’. 1960 R. KIRKBRIDE Innocent Abroad xii. 87 Lousy
as the room was, I was damn' glad to have it... ‘It isn't the Ritz,’ I said. ‘
But we got nowhere else to go.’ 1973 W. H. CANAWAY Harry doing Good I. i.
14 The outhouse..was warm and fusty..but..for fifty pence who would expect
the Ritz? 1978 Vogue Feb. 8/2 Creating charming country house suites with
prints, quilting, Roman blinds, pretty colours, real Ritz comfort.
b. Colloq. phr. to put on the ritz, to assume an air of superiority. U.S.
1926 R. LARDNER in Hearst's Internat. Jan. 33/2 If you mention some really
worth while novel like, say, ‘Black Oxen’, they think you're trying to put
on the Ritz. 1929 _I. BERLIN_
(http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-b2.html#i-berlin) Puttin' on the Ritz (song) 3 If you're blue and you don't know
what to do Why don't you go where Harlem sits Puttin' On The Ritz. 1945 _L.
SAXON_ (http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-s.html#l-saxon) et al. Gumbo
Ya-Ya i. 11 You had to put on the ritz downtown, which some of the gals
didn't like. 1980 H. LUCE In Midst of Death iii. 34 We'll have to decide how
long we can go on putting on the Ritz in this house. Personally, I'd much
rather live in a cottage.
_DEMPSEY'S CAMP IS ALL SWELLED UP OVER VISIT BY DAUGHERTY_
HARRY NEWMAN. Chicago Daily Tribune (1872-1963). Chicago, Ill.: May 26,
1921. p. 15 (1 page)
No small time skates are wanted now. The whole gang has put on the Ritz and
are strutting about like a collection of pouter pigeons.
_NOT A WHEEL TURNS ON SUNDAY IN CAMP OF FRENCH CHAMPION_
HARRY NEWMAN. Chicago Daily Tribune (1872-1963). Chicago, Ill.: Jun 6, 1921.
p. 19 (1 page)
So different from the rest of the surroundings at the French champion's
quarters, the battler greets all the visitors with a cheery smile, while the rest
of the crew puts on the Ritz and freezes up whenever they are approached by
20 November 1923, Nevada State Journal, Pg. 3:
CHICAGO, Nov. 19. -- Financially Raymond Weaver may be a bum without a dime
in his pocket, but he certainly knows how to "put on the ritz."
_Pickups and Putouts_
Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1857-Current file). New
York, N.Y.: Jun 10, 1925. p. 19 (1 page)
Frank Walker is the latest invalid on the club. He injured his foot in
practice the other day and the only reason he isn't wearing a cane is because he
is afraid the other players will accuse him of putting on the Ritz.
11 June 1925, Oakland Tribune, pg. 16:
Vaudeville reviewers got the notion that the star was putting on the "ritz"
and the mere suggestion made it difficult for her because her chief asset is
_COMEDY AND JAZZ TOP LOEW'S BILL_
The Atlanta Constitution (1881-2001). Atlanta, Ga.: Jul 3, 1927. p. 13 (1
Some of the star acts of variety are promised on the bill of vaudeville
which will be offered this week at Loew's Grand theater, which will be headed by
the comedians, the Ritz brothers. The new act of these funmakers is entitled
"Putting on the Ritz," a comedy in a collegiate atmosphere.
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