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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Nov 24 14:17:44 UTC 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:



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