[JN] Tiny Torrid Whindage!

Philip Yates toobman57 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 4 17:03:47 CST 2021


Crap, now my whole day is RUINED. ;-)

Phil

On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 4:58 PM Christian Rintelen <christian at rintelen.ch>
wrote:

> hey, that is a very nice explanation for the etymology of «the whole nine
> yards».
>
> and you’re not the only one who thinks so, as this nice discussion
> <https://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,,-16675,00.html> in
> the guardian proves.
>
> however, according to wikipedia
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_whole_nine_yards>,  the earliest
> published non-idiomatic use of the phrase dates back to a 1855 indiana
> newspaper article. the earliest idiomatic use is documented in a 1907,
> again in indiana. these indiana instances are the ugly flies in the
> ointment as there were no fighters or bombers equipped with 50 caliber
> machine guns neither in 1907 nor in 1855…
>
> to quote wikipedia again:  Yale University librarian Fred R. Shapiro calls
> the whole nine yards "the most prominent etymological riddle of our time".
> at least that!
>
> sorry to rain on your parade  🤓
>
> ©
> _ _ _
> aka christian rintelen
>
> Am 04.02.2021 um 23:24 schrieb Philip Yates via Sound <sound at soundlist.org
> >:
>
> 1/2" = 12.7 mm, you know, the calibre of the Browning machine guns used in
> so many of the WWII fighters and bombers? :-)  The ammo boxes held 9 yards
> of ammunition, hence, giving someone or something "the whole nine yards."
>
> Phil
>
> On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 3:52 PM bear via Sound <sound at soundlist.org> wrote:
> Yeah they make 'em so they can wind down to SMT size!!
>
> I've got one that will do down to ~1/2" , which is some large fraction of
> what
> you call a Centimeter?
>
>                      _-_-bear
>
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