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

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 24 06:09:40 UTC 2016

On tonight's Robot Chicken, she says that they had sex; he says that they

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...


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...


All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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