The Y

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sun Dec 16 23:04:02 UTC 2007

On Dec 16, 2007 6:00 PM, Scot LaFaive <scotlafaive at> wrote:
> I was reading Lovecraft's "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" and noticed his use of
> The Y for the YMCA. Apparently the story was written in 1931. Just how old
> is The Y? Can't check HDAS yet...

OED's got 1915 (in _Dialect Notes_, marked as college slang).

--Ben Zimmer

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