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Date: Nov 29 2007

Themes: Health, Music

Quote

1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“I’m a Y member and there are definitely Ys that I know and remember…The San Francisco Y is really good. The pick-up noon ballgames there are really good. Nice people.”

- Built to Spill frontman Doug Martsch on getting exercise on tour. (Seattle Sound)

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

YMCA; Young Men’s Christian Association, a world-wide health organization that offers excercise and social programs as well as lodging in some places

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

You’ve undboutedly heard the song by the Village People that goes, “It’s fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A.” You’ve probably done the dance that goes with it where you spell out the letters with your hands. Haven’t you? Admit it.

The song is about how the YMCA used to be a place where men could get an inexpensive, safe place to stay for a short period of time. It’s also about how gay men liked to meet each other at the Y, but that’s another story.

Though most Ys in the US no longer offer a place to stay, they still offer a lot of other things. The goal of the YMCA is to provide health in the body, mind and spirit. Though “Christian” is part of the organization’s name, in recent decades many of its activities have become non-religious.

For instance, Doug Martsch isn’t a particularly religious guy. But when his band is on tour, he makes sure to find the Y in whatever town they’re in so he can get some exercise. He particularly likes the casual basketball games at noon.

Examples

1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“I’m going to go swimming at the Y on my lunch break.”

“I was only Detroit for a few days in 1960 and I stayed at the Y.”

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

Tusik Y means some Christian organization
by Tusik
its an abbreviation for (christians youth association) it may consist the both men and women
by omar_beyaty
I think, it's a kind of hotel for young people. Regards Pat
by patriciaoo
Youth-club????????????I can't think of anything else.......
by simonaputinelu
i guess it means youth club or something.
by samuelchou
snello Y=YMCA= the Young Men's Christian Association :)
by snello
the YMCA - young men's cristian association.
by krotov
I dont know, but maybe it's about YMCA... And an Y is a member of YMCA.
by husky
"Y"="YMCA"
by Andres26
It's the YMCA.
by foulds
ymca member
by thesujith
I guess that it's a kind of place provided for people to play in.Maybe it's a specil park.
by ML.Honey
Lolya Perhaps, YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association)
by Lolya
Y.M.C.A.???
by Austinpowers

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YRams

India

Hi I am From India

01:43 PM Jun 02 2013 |

dr.mo.81

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

Hi y i am dr.mohd from libya

06:57 PM May 06 2010 |

miffoo

miffoo

Slovakia

good :)

10:33 AM Jan 04 2009 |

susihayati

susihayati

Indonesia

Y, i think it’s stand for young, and as there are many young club in every places so it’s become well known, to make it easy to say they shorten the “young” to Y

12:16 PM Feb 03 2008 |

wanglong123

China

good place

07:36 AM Jan 20 2008 |

everything

China

evrything

04:12 AM Jan 13 2008 |

conan410

conan410

China

what’s the relationship between Y and YMCA?
anyone knows?

10:10 AM Jan 11 2008 |

suppernewbaby

China

very good.i like,y.

02:30 AM Jan 11 2008 |

xingpeng_2005

China

Love is the most beautiful word!

03:43 AM Jan 09 2008 |

yimeideai@126.com

Bangladesh

Add me on skype :yimeideai@hotmail.cn

06:05 AM Dec 26 2007 |

mpeer28

Israel

At Jerusalem Ymca is anice decorated place with a medium cocert hall acofort hotel and a gimnastic club.They serve members of the all religous

01:17 PM Dec 25 2007 |

permsak

permsak

Thailand

I think every religion want their people to be good.

10:47 AM Dec 25 2007 |

Tony09

China

I see

02:54 PM Dec 20 2007 |

844187338

China

wonderful

09:14 PM Dec 14 2007 |

dina47

Cape Verde

YMCA I think this kind of assocition is very important to orgnize young people around activities like sports, health and so on

06:33 PM Dec 13 2007 |

dilmuhammad

Uzbekistan

it is nice

05:51 PM Dec 06 2007 |

flyingbeyond

China

it is really new for me.

03:13 PM Dec 06 2007 |

vickyluo

vickyluo

China

i am new.
i love to come here
very useful.

11:55 AM Dec 05 2007 |

rain day

China

good

06:43 AM Dec 05 2007 |

ivyding

ivyding

China

very good

02:52 AM Dec 05 2007 |

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