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Originally Published: September 20, 2011
By Mechelle Voepel | ESPN.com

It's one of those terms you might have used all your life, but perhaps never knew exactly what its origin was. Well, I'm here to tell you I don't exactly know the origin of it, either. But I say it all the time, usually fondly: second banana.

A popular explanation is that second banana is a show-business term from the early 1900s. It may (or may not) have originated with a comedian named Frank Lebowitz, who used bananas in his act. So whoever acted as his straight man was termed ...

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