[Ads-l] Dialogue: _dine in the Y_ "perform cunnilingus"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Nov 24 09:17:44 EST 2016


> On Nov 24, 2016, at 1:09 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> On tonight's Robot Chicken, she says that they had sex; he says that they
> didn't:
> 
> A."I slept on the couch, last night!"
> B."If, by 'sleep on the couch,' you mean, '_dine in the Y_,' then, yes!"
> 
> In early '50's StL, the phrase was _eat in the Y_.
> 
> By what I've always assumed to be coincidence, but...
> 
> Youneverknow...
> 
> the local YWCA for colored had a dining room that was open to the general
> public, regardless of sex. Therefore, you could literally "eat in the
> woman's Y."
> 
> The UD has _to dine in the Y_ as a definition of Sexual Intercourse, but
> neither _eat..._ nor _dine..._ as a separate entry. As far as I can tell,
> not in HDAS or Green's, but...
> 
I've usually encountered this euphemism (hmmm, not quite the right term) in the form of  "dining at the Y" rather than "in".  Here's UD:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Dining%20at%20the%20Y

LH

------------------------------------------------------------
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org


More information about the Ads-l mailing list