[JN] Tiny Torrid Whindage!

John Day daysabroad at gmail.com
Thu Feb 4 20:26:32 CST 2021


The same words can mean different things in different times and contexts.
"Decimated"is an example of that. Decreased by either 10% or 90%.

John-giving-an-inch

On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 5:12 PM Alan Marcy via Sound <sound at soundlist.org>
wrote:

> I missed a nine yard hole, is it Friday, yet?
>
> @1
>
>
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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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