Antedating of "Gung Ho"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Apr 12 20:29:49 UTC 2014

Here is a slightly earlier instance in February 1941 that mentions the
Survey Graphic article.

[ref] 1941 February 25, Greensboro Record, Editorial: China's
'Guerrilla Industry', Quote Page 6, Column 1, Greensboro, North
Carolina. (GenealogyBank)[/ref]

[Begin excerpt]
It is the great Chinese In-
dustrial co-operative movement known as
Gung-ho, which means "work together."

Bertram B. Fowler, an expert on the
American co-operative movement, reports
on the amazing ramifications of the
Chinese plan in the current issue of
Survey Graphic. He epitomizes, Gung-ho
as follows:

It is China's answer to brutal invasion
and strangling blockade....
[End excerpt]

OCR errors and other errors may be present. Please double-check.


On Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 4:02 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at> wrote:
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> I should add that the article says "Condensed from Survey Graphic and appea=
> ring in the Reader's Digest", so earlier usage of "gung ho" can probably be=
>  found in Survey Graphic and Reader's Digest.
> Fred Shapiro
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> From: Shapiro, Fred
> Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 12:44 PM
> Subject: Antedating of "Gung Ho"
> gung ho (OED 1943)
> 1941 _China Weekly Review_ 19 Apr. 232 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  Th=
> ere is a new battle cry in China today.  It is Gung-ho, and it means "Work =
> together!" ... Gung-ho is China's answer to invasion and blockage.  It is t=
> he slogan of the Chinese Industrial Cooperatives, which have created a syst=
> em of "guerrilla industry" to supply the fighting forces.
> Fred Shapiro
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