A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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"Yada, Yada, Yada" ("Yadda, Yadda, Yadda"; "Yatata, Yatata, Yatata")

YAI Central Park Challenge

Yale (cocktail)

Y'all

YallQaeda or Y'all Qaeda (y'all + al-Qaeda)

Y'all Mahal (Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington)

Yamboree

Yankees (American League baseball team)

Yankees of Chess (Hunter College Campus Schools & Murrow HS)

Yankees (Staten Island baseball team); Baby Bombers

Yankee Bond

Yankee Burger (hamburger with ketchup)

Yankee Dime (a kiss)

Yankee Stadium Big Boy (Mike's Deli sandwich)

Yankee Stadium was the first "stadium" (myth)

Yappian Way

Yaptown-on-the-Hudson

Yashkin Street (Orchard Street)

"Yawning is your body's way of saying 20% battery remaining"

"'Yay! It's the weekend!' Said nobody who works in a restaurant"

"Years ago, we had Johnny Cash, Bob Hope and Steve Jobs" (joke)

"Years ago, we had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope and Johnny Cash" (joke)

Yeehawd (yeehaw + jihad); Yeehawdist (yeehaw + jihadist)

Yeehaw (Yee-ha; Yee-haw)

Yellen Call or Yellen Covered Call

Yellow Blanket on a Dead Cow (cheeseburger)

Yellow Brick Brewery (old Metropolitan Opera House at 39th Street)

Yellow Dog or Yellow Dawg or Yaller Dawg (gold nickname)

Yellow Journalism

Yellow Knight

Yellow Velvet (corn and squash dish)

Yelper (Yelp user); Anti-Yelp (Taste Savant nickname)

Yentervention (Yen + intervention)

"YESSSSS!"

"Yesterday, a clown held a door open for me. I thought it was a nice jester"

"Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note"

"Yesterday I did nothing and today I'm finishing what I did yesterday"

"Yes, but I still love you more than I love basketball" (sports joke)

Yes Man

Yes My Retarded Ass Signed Up ("U.S. Army" backronym, backwards)

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

"Yes! We Have No Bananas"

Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle ("Yahoo!" backronym)

"Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad"

Yiddish Broadway or Yiddish Rialto (Second Avenue in Manhattan)

YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard)

Yippie

"Yttrium barium copper oxide walks into a bar..." (bar joke)

"Yoga class? I thought you said 'pour a glass'"

"Yoga is my favorite way to pretend to work out"

Yokelhoma or Yokelahoma (Oklahoma nickname)

YOLOMAWMIT (You Only Live Once, Might As Well Make It Tasty)

Yomentum ("yo" or "yes" momentum)

Yoots or Yutes (youths)

Yoo Hoo (soft drink and slang phrase)

Yorkvillian (inhabitant of Yorkville, Manhattan)

"You’d think the bathrooms at Bed Bath, & Beyond would be much nicer"

"You’d think the self-checkout lanes would have more mirrors"

"You'll have a whole eternity to think inside the box"

"You'll lose money chasing women, but you'll never lose women chasing money"

You'll Love Lufkin (Lufkin motto/slogan)

"You'll never leave where you are until you decide where you'd rather be"

"You're a fake, a phony, and a fraud" (talk radio catchphrase)

"You're brew-tiful" (brew + beautiful)

"You're either a contrarian or a victim"

"You're either in Luck or you're out of Luck" (Luck city slogan)

"You're either selling wins or you're selling hope" (sports adage)

"You're Fired!" (Donald Trump)

"You're going to like the way you look. I guarantee it." (Men's Wearhouse)

"You're gonna get spoiled" (Beefsteak Charlie's)

"You're in Texas -- it's a local call (to God)" (joke)

"You're like school in July -- no class"

"You’re more likely to divorce than to switch bank accounts"

"You're never more than two weeks away from a drought"

"You're never too old to learn something stupid"

"You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on"

"You're only as good as your last trade" (Wall Street adage)

"You're only as good as your second serve" (tennis adage)

"You're only one workout away from a good mood"

"You're redneck if entertainment is a bug zapper and a six-pack"

"You're so dumb, you think Taco Bell is a Mexican phone company" (joke)

"You're so ugly, when your mom dropped you off at school, she was fined for littering"

"You're telling me a chicken fried this rice?" (chicken fried rice joke)

"You're too blessed to be stressed"

Yourgage (your + mortgage)

"Your ass must get jealous of all the shit that comes out of your mouth"

"Your bank account is the adult version of your report card"

"Your bank account can be overdrawn, but it can never be overfilled"

"Your best bet is a vet" (military veterans saying)

"Your best teacher is your last mistake"

"Your best thinking got you here" (Alcoholics Anonymous saying)

"Your body is a temple, but keep the spirits on the outside"

"Your cellphone has replaced your watch, camera, etc. Don't let it replace your friends and family"

"Your child may be an honor student, but you're still an idiot"

"Your fast food can be your last food"

"Your feet are hurting because u r kicking so much ass"

"Your finest Scotch, please" (Scotch tape joke)

"Your finest Scotch, please" (Scotch tape joke)

"Your glass is empty. Would you like another?"/"Why would I want two empty glasses?"

"Your govt. is imploding. Stay calm and make your way to nearest conspiracy theorist"

"Your grasshoppers (kangaroos) are bigger than ours" (Texas-Australia size joke)

"Your habits are driving your performance. Your rituals are creating your results"

"Your ignorance is their power"

"Imagination is everything; it is the preview of life's coming attractions"

"Your life does not get better by chance; it gets better by change"

"Your Merry Christmas depends on what others do for you; New Year on what you do for others"

"Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds..."

"Your mind needs exercise just as much as your body does. That's why I think of jogging every day"

"Your money was working for you, but it suddenly quit and now it's working for me!"

"Your money or your life!"/"I'm thinking it over."

"Your Neighborhood Store And So Much More" (Key Food)

"Your network is your net worth"

"Your News Now" (News 8 Austin slogan)

"Your pay raise becomes effective when you do"

"Your round."/"So are you, you fat bastard!" (bar joke)

Your safety matters to us

"Your salary is the bribe they give you to forget your dreams"

"Your self-worth is more important than your net worth"

"Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket"

"Your stomach thinks all potato is mashed"

"Your tax dollars at work"

"Your value does not decrease based on someone's inability to see your worth"

Youthquake or Youth Quake (youth + earthquake)

"Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve"

"You've got to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat"

"You've got to make contacts to make contracts"

"You've Tried the Rest, Now Try the Best"

"You ain't from Texas, are ya?" (Dr. Phil McGraw)

"You ain't no Muslim, bruv"

You Always Have Other Options ("Yahoo!" backronym)

"You aren't a true champion until you successfully defend your title"

"You aren't going to get the butt you want by sitting on the one you have"

"You aren’t necessarily what you eat. If you eat a vegetarian, you probably are not a vegetarian"

"You are always doing something marginal when the boss drops by your desk"

"You are at your most vulnerable when you have just scored" (soccer adage)

"You are never more than a few feet away from a rat"

"You are not stuck in traffic. You are traffic"

"You are now free to move about the country" (Southwest Airlines)

"You are only as sick as your secrets"

"You are what your record says you are"

"You are what you eat."/"I need to eat a skinny person."

"You are what you eat -- minus what you excrete"

"You are what you eat, so cannibals are real people persons"

"You are what you tweet"

"You are who you pretend to be (in politics)"

"You are your best career adviser"

"You are your child's first teacher"

"You booze, you lose"

"You boys line up, alphabetically according to your height" (sports manager jocular speech)

"You call them calories. I call them delicious points"

"You cannot be serious!" (John McEnroe)

"You cannot claim alcohol as a dependent on your taxes"

"You cannot get the water to clear up until you get the pigs out of the creek"

"You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it"

"You cannot pretend to play the air guitar"

"You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb"

"You can't sell from an empty wagon"

"You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist"

"You cannot wake up someone who is only pretending to be asleep" (political proverb)

"You can't beat a horse with no horse" (political adage)

"You can't beat somebody with nobody"

"You can't beat what you can't catch"

"You can't be right by doing wrong; you can't be wrong by doing right"

"You can't be sad when you're holding a cupcake"

"You can't be too rich or too thin"

"You can't BS a BSer" ("You can't bullshit a bullshitter")

"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do"

"You can't buy love, but you can pay heavily for it"

"You can't catch a walk" (baseball adage)

"You can't coach speed" ("You can't coach height")

"You can't con a con man"

"You can't cook with cold grease"

"You can't cook with cold grease" (boxing adage)

"You can't do today's job with yesterday's tools and still be in business tomorrow"

"You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning"

"You can't eat decor"

"You can't eat gold (or silver)"

"You can't eat just one" ("Betcha can't eat just one")

"You can't eat like a bird and poop like an elephant" (trading adage)

"You can't eat relative performance" (Wall Street proverb)

"You can't evict an idea" (Occupy Wall Street slogan)

"You can't fake desperation (sports adage)

"You can't fax a handshake"

"You can't fire 25 players, so you fire the manager"

"You can't fire a cannon from a canoe"

"You can't fire me -- I quit!"

"You can't fire the owner" (sports adage)

"You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out"

"You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good"

"You can't get to the top by sitting on your bottom"

"You can't give a major league team four outs" (baseball adage)

"You can't go wrong with bricks and mortar"

"You can't have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic"

"You can't hit a three-run homer with nobody on base" (baseball adage)

"You can't hit what you can't catch"

"You can't hit what you can't see"

"You can't keep a good man down"

"You can't keep a good market down"

"You can't legislate morality/common sense/prosperity"

"You can't live a full life on an empty stomach"

"You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who can't repay you"

"You can't make a soufflé rise twice"

"You can't make chicken salad out of chicken shit"

"You can't make everybody happy. You're not a Nutella jar"

"You can't make the club in the tub" (sports adage)

"You can't outrun a fart on a treadmill"

"You can't out-exercise a bad diet"

"You can't pick cherries with your back to the tree"

"You can't pick your friends' noses"

"You can't plant flowers if you haven't botany"

"You can't play boxing" ("You don't play boxing")

"You can't pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first"

"You can't predict baseball" (baseball adage)

"You can't push a string" (economics adage)

"You can't push yourself forward by patting yourself on the back"

"You can't say Dallas doesn't love you, Mr. President" (Nellie Connally)

"You can't script October" (baseball adage)

"You can't see the future through a rear view mirror"

"You can't spend your way to prosperity" ("You can't borrow your way to prosperity")

"You can't steal first base" (baseball adage)

"You can't steal second base while your foot is on first base"

"You can't stop him, you can only hope to contain him"

"You can't swing a dead cat in Austin without hitting a musician"

"You can't take a second drink unless you have taken a first"

"You can't take something off the Internet, It's like taking pee out of a pool"

"You can't take it with you"

"You can't take the honky tonk out of the girl"

"You can't teach scoring" (sports adage)

"You can't tell the players without a score card"

"You can't hit and think at the same time" (baseball saying)

"You can't walk your way off the island" (Dominican baseball adage)

"You can't win a championship shooting jumpers" (basketball adage)

"You can't win them all"

"You can't win. You can't break even. You can't quit the game" (Ginsberg's Theorem)

"You can't wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time"

"You can also do work the day after tomorrow. Be lazy. Think crazy"

"You can always tell a Texan -- but you can't tell him much"

"You can beat a race, but you can't beat the races"

"You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it"

"You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world & there's still somebody who hates peaches"

"You can board a train at dawn and, twenty-four hours later, still be in Texas"

"You can borrow for college, but not for retirement"

"You can build a throne with bayonets, but it's difficult to sit on it"

"You can buy education, but wisdom is a gift from God"

"You can change a cucumber into a pickle, but you can't turn a pickle back into a cucumber"

"You can dance anywhere, even if only in your heart"

"You can enjoy pizza with 3 friends if 3 of them are sleeping"

"You can expect what you inspect" (management adage)

"You can feel sore tomorrow, or you can feel sorry tomorrow -- you choose"

"You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough"

"You can get any politician to vote for anything if you buy him a big enough steak"

"You can get a man with face powder, but it takes baking powder to keep him"

"You can get more with a kind word and a gun than with just a kind word"

"You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard"

YOU CAN HELP! REALLY!!

"You can judge a lot about a restaurant by how they maintain their restrooms"

"You can judge a man by his shoes" (fashion adage)

"You can live three weeks without food, three days without water, but not a moment without hope"

"You can make anything out of lignin, except money"

"You can make it illegal, but you can't make it unpopular"

"You can never be sure how many beers you had last night" (Heineken Uncertainty Principle)

"You don't buy beer, you just rent it"

"You can never have too much pitching" (baseball adage)

"You can observe a lot by watching"

"You can only say 'WTF' so many times a day until you decide to start drinking"

"You can play a shoestring if you're sincere"

"You can play hurt, but you can't play injured" (sports adage)

"You can pretend to care, but you can't pretend to be there"

"You can put literally any topping other than cheese on a hamburger and it's still a hamburger"

"You can put your boots in the oven, but that don't make 'em biscuits"

"You can run from your problems. Unless your problem is a cheetah"

"You can run into debt, but you have to crawl out"

"You can shoot a man with impunity, but you'd better not steal his cow"

"You Can Smell Our Pits From Miles Away" & "I Got Sauced at the Lick" (The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que)

"You can take a boy out of Texas, but you can't take Texas out of a boy"

"You can take that to the bank and smoke it"

"You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by the way he eats jelly beans"

"You can tell a lot about a person by what the order at a restaurant when someone else is paying"

"You can tell a girl likes you if she stares at your phone instead of her own"

"You can tell Santa is a man because no woman would ever wear the same outfit every year"

"You can tell who's winnin' by who's whinin'" (Ross Perot)

"You can tell you ate too much for Thanksgiving when you have to let your bathrobe out"

"You can throw the records out the window" (rivalry games are always competitive)

"You can train hard or you can train long, but you can't do both"

"You can trust a dog to guard your house, but never trust a dog to guard your sandwich"

"You can trust your car to the man who wears the star" (Texaco ad jingle)

"You can trust your dog to guard your house, but never trust your dog to guard your sandwich"

"You can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish"

"You can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish"

"You can wake up sore or you can wake up sorry"

"You could stand to lose 5 pounds...but running is more effective"

"You don't build a church for Easter Sunday"

"You don't choose boxing; boxing chooses you"

"You don't critique a win" (hockey adage)

"You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there"

"You don't get ulcers from what you eat; you get them from what's eating you"

"You don't get what you deserve -- you get what you negotiate"

"You don't have much of a case" (damaged luggage joke)

"You don’t have to be a beer drinker to play darts, but it helps"

"You don't have to be crazy to work here, but it helps"

"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great"

"You Don't Have To Be Jewish" (Levy's Jewish Rye)

"You don't have to eat less. You just have to eat right"

"You don't have to get it right. You just have to get it going"

"You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here" (bar saying at closing time)

"You don't have to like me. I'm not a Facebook status"

"You don't have to stay up nights to succeed; you have to stay awake days"

"You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over"

"You don't lose your job due to injury" (sports adage)

"You don’t need analysts in a bull market, and you don’t want them in a bear market"

"You don't need a parachute to skydive" (joke)

"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows"

"You don't pay taxes. They take taxes"

"You don't put robbers to work in a bank"

"You don't recruit JuCos to sit on the bench" (college football adage)

"You don't want to be the coach who follows the legend" (coaching adage)

"You don't win friends with salad"

"You don't win silver -- you lose gold"

"You do not lead by hitting people over the head"

"You earn your trophies at practice. You pick them up at competitions"

"You furnish the pictures and I'll furnish the war" (Spanish-American War)

"You get what you get and you don't get upset"

"You get what you pay for"

"You gotta believe!" ("Ya gotta believe!")

"You Gotta Have Park" (Central Park Conservancy)

"You gotta love it, baby!" (basketball catchphrase)

"You gotta throw the corn where the hogs can get it"

"You got stung by a bee? Why didn't you get stung by an A?"

"You go to New York to become somebody; you to go Los Angeles to become famous"

"You had me at hello" (Renée Zellweger in the film Jerry Maguire)

"You had one job" (meme)

"You hate your job? There's a support group that meets at the bar"

"You hate your job? There's a support group that meets at the bar"

"You haven't had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it's running"

"You haven't lived until you died in New York"

"You have a friend at Chase Manhattan" (Chase Manhattan)

"You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide"

You Have No Idea (El Paso slogan)

"You have three choices: Give up, give in, or give it all you've got"

"You have to be a contortionist in this economy to make ends meet"

"You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince" (proverb)

"You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else"

"You have to speculate to accumulate" (gambling proverb)

"You have two cows..." (Parable of the Isms)

"You have Van Gogh's ear for music" (no ear for music)

"You kill vegetarian vampires with a steak to the heart"

"You know it's tax season when you see a dancing Statue of Liberty on the street corner"

"You know it's tax season when you see a dancing Statue of Liberty on the street corner"

"You know it's time to clean your screen when you start confusing dirt with punctuation"

"You know the good part about all those executions in Texas? Fewer Texans." (George Carlin)

"You know those orange cones they put on the highway? I just beat my high score"

"You know what I mean, jelly bean?" (YKWIMJB)

"You know what rhymes with Friday? Alcohol"

"You know what they say about cliffhangers"

"You know what they say about drinking too much tequila..."

"You know you're at a gay barbecue when the wieners taste like shit"

"You know you're drunk when you sit down on the toilet and try to put your seatbelt on"

"You know you're drunk when you get home, put food in the microwave and then enter your PIN"

"You know you're getting old when you hear your favorite song in an elevator"

"You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake"

"You know you're in a bear market when people are losing money but feeling pretty good about it"

"You know you're lazy when you get excited about cancelled plans"

"You learn to read, and then you read to learn"

"You lift, you lose" (drag racing adage)

"You look like I could use a drink" ("You look like I need another drink")

"You make more money selling advice than following it"

"You make your money in stocks, you keep it in bonds" (Wall Street adage)

"You manage things; you lead people"

"You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas" (Davy Crockett)

"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it"

"You meditate for 20 minutes a day, unless you're too busy; then you should sit for an hour"

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" (hockey adage)

"You must continue to gain expertise, but avoid thinking like an expert"

"You must have a great camera" (photography joke)

"You must have great pots and pans" (joke)

"You must have long-range goals to keep from being frustrated by short-range failures"

"You must pay taxes. But there's no law that says you gotta leave a tip"

"You need the ball to score" (football adage)

"You never cut funny" (scriptwriting adage)

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression"

"You never hear skinny people saying, 'I'm just small boned'"

"You never know how strong you are until you're home alone and have to open your own pickles"

"You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have"

"You never know what you’ll see when you come to the ballpark" (baseball adage)

"You never realize how bumpy the road is until you drive on it with a full bladder"

"You never realize how long a minute is until you're exercising"

"You never realize how long a minute is until you're exercising"

"You never really hear about anyone stress-eating vegetables"

"You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive"

"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste"

"You no longer associate bridges over rivers with water" (Texas heat joke)

"You only get paid for done"

"You only have a gambling problem if you lose" ("It's only a gambling problem if you're losing")

"You only live once. Lick the bowl"

"You ordered pepper only" (pepperoni pizza joke)

"You pays your money and you takes your choice"

"You people who have just one glass of wine... What's that like?"

"You realize that asphalt has a liquid state" (Texas heat joke)

"You run around for 90 minutes and the Germans win" (soccer saying)

"You said you had between ten and fifteen million dollars in the bank" (joke)

"You say potato, I say vodka"

"You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" (to do one another favors)

"You should eat a waffle! You can't be sad if you eat a waffle!"

"You should get an employee discount for using self-checkout in a store"

"You should invest like a Catholic marries -- for life" (Warren Buffett)

"You should never sacrifice three things: your family, your heart, or your dignity"

"You should try anything once -- except incest and folk dancing"

"You wanna pizza me?"

"You want to be sick enough to stay home, but well enough to enjoy video games"

"You want to be too sick for school, but well enough to play video games"

"You wash dishes, and two weeks later you have to do it again"

"You were born a cow, but now you are a fish" (joke)

"You will find the key to success under the alarm clock"

"You will never always be motivated. You have to learn to be disciplined"

"You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out"

"You wouldn't worry about what people may think of you if you could know how seldom they do"

Yoyos or Yo-Yos (Mexican pastries)

YOYO Economics ("You're On Your Own")

"Yo girl, are you a zero APR loan?" (joke)

"Yo mama's so poor, your family ate cereal with a fork to save milk"

"Yo mama's so stupid, she asked for a price check at the 99-cent store"

"Yo mama's so stupid, she thought Dunkin' Donuts was a basketball team"

"Yo mama is so dark, she went to night school and was marked absent"

"Yo mama is so dumb, she passed by the YMCA and said hey, they spelled MACYs wrong"

"Yo mama is so dumb, she put a quarter in a parking meter and waited for a gumball"

"Yo mama is so dumb, she uses Old Spice for cooking"

"Yo' mama is so dumb, when your dad said it was chilly outside, she ran out with a spoon"

"Yo mama is so fat, people jog around her for exercise"

"Yo mama is so fat, she goes to a restaurant, looks at the menu and says, `OK!'"

"Yo mama is so fat, she went out in high heels and came back in flip flops"

"Yo mama is so fat, when she sits around the house, she sits AROUND the house"

"Yo mama is so fat, when she was in school she sat next to everybody"

"Yo mama is so fat, when she went skydiving she caused an eclipse"

"Yo mama is so fat, when she went skydiving she caused an eclipse"

"Yo mama is so lazy, she thinks a two-income family is where yo daddy has two jobs"

"Yo mama is so old, her first Christmas was the first Christmas"

"Yo mama is so stupid, she plays solitaire for cash"

"Yo mama is so stupid, she tried to climb Mountain Dew"

"Yo mama is so stupid, she tried to put M&M's in alphabetical order"

"Yo mama is so ugly, she can make yogurt just by staring at a glass of milk"

"Yo mama is so ugly, the NHL banned her for life"

"Yuan some, you lose some" (Chinese yuan puns)

Yuge (huge)

Yuglies (young + ugly; Dallas Cowboys offensive line)

Yum (Yum-Yum; Yummy; Yumptious; Yum-O)

Yupper West Side

Yuppie

"Y" (Chicago Municipal Device)