"The Y" = YMCA (1910)

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Mon Dec 17 00:41:11 UTC 2007

 From Google Books:


Albert M. Chesley [YMCA, Washington], _Social Activities for Men and
Boys_ (Association Press, New York, 1911) (copyright 1910): p. 149:





And when I had skedaddled there, the "Y" hove in view, ....

Skedaddle, daddle to Schenectady, / To our Y. M. C. A. ....



Same work: p. 151:

[song: "E YIP I ADDY, I AY"]

<<You find the "Y" boys hard to beat.>>


I doubt this is the earliest use of the abbreviation.

-- Doug Wilson

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