[Ads-l] Modern Proverb: A good loser is no good (Robert Zuppke Nov 6, 1924) (UNCLASSIFIED)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jun 29 20:50:14 UTC 2019

Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> Of interest:
> 1969 _Springfield_ [Mass.] _Union_ (May 7) 12: Clue to Student Anger: 'A
> Good Loser is a Loser' ... The [student] sign [at Princeton] said, 'Show me
> a Good Loser and I'll Show You a Loser.'
> . . .

Thanks for your response, JL. Barry Popik has an entry on this general
topic. There are many variant expressions. I linked to Barry's piece
in my original ADS post and at the end of the QI article. (My QI
article was focused on the early Zuppke quotation.)


[Begin excerpt from Barry's article]
21 June 1963, Life magazine, pg. 87, col. 2:
“Hell,” he (Frankie Albert, an All-American quarterback—ed.) says, “in
football we were out to kill the opponent. Show me a good loser and
I’ll show you a loser.”
[End excerpt]


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