[JN] Tiny Torrid Whindage!

Alan Marcy tubegardenia at gmail.com
Thu Feb 4 17:12:25 CST 2021


I missed a nine yard hole, is it Friday, yet?

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On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 5:04 PM Philip Yates via Sound <sound at soundlist.org>
wrote:

> 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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